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An­thony Adolph, ge­neal­o­gist and au­thor of 10 books in­clud­ing In Search of Our An­cient Ances­tors (Pen & Sword, 2015) The tithe was a 10th of a land­holder’s pro­duce, which was payable to the par­ish, and was orig­i­nally paid in kind; crops, wool, stock and so on. The En­clo­sure Acts of the 17th and 18th cen­tury con­verted these pay­ments in some parishes from pro­duce to money, and in 1836 the Tithe Act ex­tended this to all of Eng­land and Wales. Com­mis­sion­ers were dis­patched to each par­ish to es­tab­lish the value of land, and there­fore how much cash was due to the Church of Eng­land.

The prac­ti­cal up­shot of all this for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans is ac­cu­rate, large-scale tithe maps and ac­com­pa­ny­ing ap­por­tion­ment in­for­ma­tion, which lists own­ers, land use and even ten­ants. The records are found in county ar­chives and The Na­tional Ar­chives; they used to be dif­fi­cult to search, but are in­creas­ingly ap­pear­ing on­line. The Na­tional Li­brary of Wales ‘Places’ web­site ( places. li­brary.wales) is the pick of the bunch. Here you can ex­plore ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 digi­tised tithe maps, cover­ing more than 95 per cent of the Prin­ci­pal­ity, and trawl through about 300,000 data en­tries drawn from the maps and ac­com­pa­ny­ing doc­u­ments. You can search the ap­por­tion­ments by par­ish, oc­cu­pier, landowner, farm name or field name, or sim­ply se­lect a county, town or vil­lage and ex­plore the ma­te­rial that way. All of this was pow­ered by the crowd­sourced Cynefin Project, which ran be­tween 2013 and 2017 and in­volved 1,354 vol­un­teers. It’s re­ally rather good!

Women spin­ning and wind­ing wool in front of St Collen’s Church in Llan­gollen, Den­bighshire, painted in 1792

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