Hebden Township Historical Data

Reworked Tithe Map of 1846

Tithes, originally one tenth of annual produce or earnings, were paid to the church, although after the Reformation some tithes finished up in the hands of individuals. The Tithes Commutation Act of 1836 abolished payment of goods in kind, and assigned an annual monetary value to each landholding which the landowner would then pay. Its implementation was entrusted to a three man commission, and a survey was undertaken throughout the country to record all landholdings and their values, resulting in the equivalence of a 19th century Domesday Book. The total tithe payable on Hebden properties was £50 (the equivalent of about £5,800 today), and this was apportioned according to the estimated values of the landholdings. The Hebden Tithe Map and Apportionment was undertaken by John Job Rawlinson (1798-1864), a Barrister at Law from Graythwaite Hall in Lancashire. It was completed in July 1846. The original map was given to the Tithe Commission, and that is now held in the National Archives. A copy was given to the Parish, and that is now held by the North Yorkshire County Council Records Office in Northallerton. A second copy was deposited with the diocesan registrar.

The original map was published in two parts, one for the south-west, and one for the north-east. The numbers on the map are associated with individual properties, which may be found described here. In the 1990s Judith Joy amalgamated the information held in the three documents to create this fine map which shews the whole township together with details of the land ownership. The original is over a metre long by 60 cm wide, and must have been a labour of love. Some of the colouring is now a little faded in places, so it might be necessary to confirm by relating the field numbers with the owners in the original property descriptions.

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