Catalogue description Tithe Commission and Successors: Tithe Files

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Details of IR 18
Reference: IR 18
Title: Tithe Commission and Successors: Tithe Files

Correspondence of the Tithe Commission concerned with proceedings for the commutation of tithes.

There is no tithe file relating to any City of London parish or liberty within the walls except St Leonard, Foster Lane because all payments in lieu of tithes within the City were expressly excluded from the provisions of the Tithe Commutation Act 1836.

Date: 1836-c1870

By county and then by tithe district, broadly (but not strictly) in alphabetical order.

The sequence of English counties begins part-way through Cheshire; Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and the remainder of Cheshire are placed after Yorkshire; Hampshire (which the Tithe Commissioners referred to as the County of Southampton) comes between Somerset and Staffordshire. Welsh counties follow the English counties. Some files were placed out of sequence at the end of the series.

Related material:

Tithe Commutation awards and agreements are in: TITH 2

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Copyhold, Inclosure and Tithe Commission, 1851-1882

Tithe Commission, 1836-1851

Physical description: 14835 file(s)
Selection and destruction information: The contents of the files were heavily 'weeded' in the early twentieth century, before they arrived at the Public Record Office. The amount of papers in the files now varies considerably. Some of the files now comprise only the file cover. The cover may, however, be annotated with information such as whether all tithes in the parish were merged.
Publication note:

Roger J P Kain, An Atlas and Index of the Tithe Files of Mid-nineteenth-century England and Wales (Cambridge, 1986). Tithe Files (IR 18): Beds.-Leics., 1836-c1870. List and Index Society vol 219 (1986). Tithe Files (IR 18): Lincs.-Southampton, 1836-c1870. List and Index Society vol 225 (1987). Tithe Files (IR 18): Staffs.-Radnor, 1836-c1870. List and Index Society vol 226 (1987).

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