Know your Place
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham have, during the pandemic in 2020, updated the Tithe Awards layer in Wiltshire on the Know Your Place website.
Tithes (contributing one tenth) were historically paid in kind (for example as produce) until the 1836 Act for the Commutation of Tithes in England and Wales which changed this to variable payments as money (“corn rent”).
This is of great interest to local historians because it required detailed maps and lists of land ownership, tenancies, areas, names and usage and the Stratford sub Castle Local History Group has used these in its researches over the years.
Tithe award lists for the whole Woodford valley are now available, with open access, and will be of interest to those tracing their family history. The January 1840 list for our village is available to download below.