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Wherwell tithe map

Wherwell Tithe Map, c1844

Hampshire Record Office, 21M65/F7/252/2

As a result of the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 tithes, which were formerly payments in kind (crops, wool, milk etc) to the church, became straightforward money payments. In order to work out the sums payable a massive survey of landholding/ownership took place across the country. This resulted in maps and apportionments being produced for each parish showing the names of owners and occupiers for each plot of land. We hold them for nearly every Hampshire parish, dating between the late 1830s and early 1850s and they are very useful to local and family historians. Discover more at a free talk on 28 April 2016. See our Events.

Many of our maps have been digitised and copies can be purchased on CD-Rom at Hampshire Record Office or via the online shop.