England, Cheshire, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Cheshire, Land Tax Assessments, 1778-1832
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Cheshire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Land Tax Assessments
Collection years 1778-1832
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Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes an index to tax records for the county of Cheshire for the years 1778-1832.

Beginning in 1692, land tax assessments were records of taxpayers from year to year, and were organized by parish, hundred, and county. For the period of the collection, these records also served as a form of voter registration. Most of the physical documents were handwritten, but later assessments were recorded on pre-printed forms.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Tax Assessment Records may include:

  • Date and place of assessment
  • Name of proprietors or landowners
  • Names of the occupiers or tenants
  • Tax sums assessed in pounds, shillings, and pennies.
  • Additional taxes or sum redemptions in pounds, shillings, and pennies
  • Name of assessor
  • Name of collector
  • Names of those approving the tax

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Collection Citation
"England, Cheshire, Land Tax Assessments, 1778-1832." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace, Record Office, Chester, England.
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