Bundle of Papers re Bowdon Vicarial Tithes

Scope and Content

The bundle contains correspondence relating to the claim of James Thomas Law, vicar of Bowdon, to the small tithes of potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, beans and cabbages, and to agistment tithes in Bowdon parish. George Harry Grey (1737-1819), 5th Earl of Stamford, sought legal opinion to refute the claim, and Law eventually accepted a compromise suggested by his father, George Henry Law, Bishop of Chester, whereby he would receive an annual stipend in lieu of all vicarial tithes. The bulk of the correspondence is between Lord Stamford and his agent Hugo Worthington, with further correspondence between Lord Stamford and Devereux Jones Nicholls, James Thomas Law, George Henry Law and George Harry Grey (1765-1845), Lord Grey.

[See also EGR4/2/7/3 below among the papers of the 6th Earl of Stamford.]