Tithes Survey 1846

The Tithe Survey was set up to assess land values on which the payment of tithes for church income was based. By the early 19th century, the ancient system of tithes in the form of produce, or ‘in kind’, was being replaced by money payments for the value of produce.

The Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 enabled a standardised system of tithe payments based on the productivity of land. The Act was implemented through the Tithe Survey, conducted in more than 12,000 tithe districts in England and Wales over 12 years.  The survey in Stretton took place in 1846.

The Cheshire Archive website contains maps and the names of owners and occupiers, size of holdings and their locations. It is also possible to compare the tithe maps with later Ordnance Survey maps and aerial photographs.

Peter Hall has transcribed the tithe apportionments for Stretton: Tithe Apportionment

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