Catalogue description Home Office: Parish Acreage Returns

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Details of HO 67
Reference: HO 67
Title: Home Office: Parish Acreage Returns

Returns for the several parishes in England and Wales showing the number of acres in each parish devoted to the different crops. The series contains a total of about 4,500 returns for England and nearly 550 for Wales, showing the number of acres devoted to wheat, barley, oats, potatoes, peas, beans, turnips, rape, rye and other crops. Nottinghamshire is the only county totally unrepresented.

Date: 1801

The returns are arranged in alphabetical order of parishes under their respective dioceses.

Related material:

For information regarding later returns see MAF 68

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 26 bundle(s)
Publication note:

A complete transcript of the Home Office Acreage Returns List and Analysis has been published by the List and Index Society, Vols 189, 190 & 195.

Administrative / biographical background:

Prompted by high wartime grain prices and fears for the country's ability to feed itself, the Home Secretary in 1801 requested a survey of arable land in England and Wales by asking the bishops of the 26 dioceses to distribute forms to their parish clergy for completion.

Since the farming community suspected that the information was required for tax or tithe assessments, they may have understated their true acreage.

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