Copy Tithe Apportionment Books

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR14/73
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      4 subseries comprising 37 items.

Scope and Content

The present apportionment books are secondary copies, some contemporary or near-contemporary, others made later. They were used to assist the agents of the Earls of Stamford, who were not only payers of tithe rent charges, as major landowners in Bowdon parish, but were also recipients of rent charges as lessees of the rectory of Bowdon. There is evidence that they continued to be used until the 1920s as records of tithe rent charges.

The series has been divided into 4 subseries: contemporary or near-contemporary large-format apportionment books for vicarial and rectorial tithes payable in the parishes of Bowdon and Ashton upon Mersey, c. 1839-50 (EGR14/73/1); contemporary or near-contemporary apportionment books for tithes payable to the vicar of Bowdon in the parishes of Bowdon and Ashton upon Mersey, c.1839-50 (EGR14/73/2); later leather-bound copies of apportionment books for vicarial and rectorial tithes in Bowdon and Ashton upon Mersey, 1848 and c.1854-60 (EGR14/73/3); and other tithe apportionment records, include miscellaneous apportionment books, schedules of tithes and tithe payers, and a published rent charge table, c.1840-1919 (EGR14/73/4).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Tithe Commutation Act 1836 provided for the commutation of tithes, by compulsion if necessary, into monetary payments, or rent charges, based upon the average corn prices in the previous seven years. The value of the tithes was agreed by the tithe payers in a township or parish, and the rent charge was divided proportionately among all the proprietors. A plan was produced by a surveyor, with an accompanying schedule or apportionment recording the names of the owner and occupier of each parcel of land, with a description of the property, its acreage and the value of the rent charge. Three copies of the plan and apportionment were made: one was deposited with the Tithe Commissioners, another with the Diocesan Registrar, and the third with the incumbent of the parish.

Acquisition Information

All items were received from the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham on 23 June 1995, having previously been removed to Dunham Massey Hall for cleaning by National Trust staff. Provenance: 2nd shelf up, wall cupboard 2nd from left in Estate Manager's Office.

Separated Material

The accompanying tithe maps remain at the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham.