York Diocesan Archive: Diocesan Registry: Tithe

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This sub sub fonds has been divided into 3 series as follows:

  • Tithe Awards, diocesan registry copies of tithe awards and maps, 1836-1850. [TA]
  • Tithe Redemption Certificates, diocesan registry copies, 1848-1936. [TRC]
  • Tithe apportionment receipts, letters from the Tithe Commission Office to the diocesan registrar forwarding sealed copy of the confirmed apportionment of the rent-charge in lieu of tithes, with blank receipts for diocesan registrar to return, c1836-c1855. Unlisted. [TAR]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 made provision for the newly constituted Tithe Commissioners to commute tithes into a monetary payment, either by voluntary agreement or by compulsory award. Once the commuted sum had been decided, an apportionment would assess the financial obligation of individual owners of titheable land and property. These tithe apportionments and maps were executed in triplicate, the original being deposited with the Tithe Commissioners and copies being entrusted to the diocesan registrar and the incumbent of the parish. By the Tithe Acts 1836 to 1925 a sealed copy of a certificate of redemption of tithe rent-charge had to be deposited in the diocesan registry to be kept with the diocesan registry to be kept with the diocesan copy of the original tithe apportionment.

Arrangement

The system of arrangement is reflected in the scope & content.

Conditions Governing Access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation and the wishes of the donors/owners.

Acquisition Information

The Diocesan Registrar has deposited records relating to the Diocese of York at the Borthwick Institute since 1953.

Note

Description compiled by Victoria Stretch, Archives Hub project archivist, June 2004 with reference to 'A Guide to the Archive Collections in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research', David M Smith 1973, 'A Supplementary Guide to the Archive Collections in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research', David M Smith 1980 and 'A Guide to Archival Accessions at the Borthwick Institute 1981-1996' complied by Alexandrina Buchanan, 1997.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy finding aid, C.R. Fonge, Tithe Awards and Maps at the Borthwick Institute: a Handlist (Borthwick List and Index 11, 1994), is available in hard copy at the Borthwick Institute. This finding aid lists awards & maps alphabetically by tithe district (i.e. parish or township within the parish), tithe redemption certificates where applicable and also has an index of cartographers.

Conditions Governing Use

A reprographics service is available to researchers. Copying will not be undertaken if there is a risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute University of York terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Appraisal Information

These records have been appraised in accordance with Borthwick Institute policy.

Custodial History

See 'Towards a University' by J S Purvis (York, Herald Printers, 1968) for information regarding the history of the York Diocesan Archive and its deposit at the Borthwick Institute.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Related Material

York Diocesan Archive

Bibliography

C.R. Fonge, Tithe Awards and Maps at the Borthwick Institute: a Handlist (Borthwick List and Index 11, 1994).