New dataset: tithe apportionments

Today I received TheGenealogist’s latest newsletter and they have just launched a new dataset: an index and images to the Tithe Apportionments for England and Wales held by the National Archives in the collection IR 29. This is a survey of all landowners and occupiers who held land and who were liable to pay tithe for the upkeep of the parish church. The apportionments and accompanying maps (in IR 30) were established under the Tithe Commutation Act 1836 aimed to change payments of tithe (a tax to support the church) from in-kind to money in the form of tithe rentcharge. These tithe apportionments were created to record liability to pay tithe rentcharge. The National Archives has produced a short guide to these and associated records.

The records are organised by parish and list landholder, occupiers (if any), plot numbers (on the map), description of the lands, state of cultivate, area and amount of the rent charge.

They don’t contain genealogical information but help confirm that someone was alive in 1836 and where they were living

So a new database and a chance to see if there are any Grannums – unlikely but who knows:

  • Grannum = 0
  • Granham = 11 hits for two people Frederick William Granham in Kirby-Le-Soken, Essex and Gram Granham in Belchamp St Paul, Essex. I am usually dubious when I find Granhams as they usually aren’t and as expected Frederick is a Garnham. “Gram Granham” is difficult to read and so may be right and needs further investigation.
  • Cranham = 56 hits – mostly in the Yateley, Farnham and Puttenham areas on the Surrey / Hampshire borders.

Names: Elizabeth, James, George, Mary and John as landholders and occupiers in Farnham, William in Puttenham and John and Stephen in Yateley. Others are a John Cranham in Crawley, Sussex and H Cranham in East Horndean in Essex. This fits in with other records I have checked for earlier periods.

When I first found William Crannum in the Gloucester Assizes I assumed that he was from that area because there is a parish called Cranham in Gloucestershire. However, so far I have not found any Cranhams in Gloucestershire but they are frequently found in a 5 mile radius around Farnborough especially between Yateley, Cove and Farnham.


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