As part of the Thornton-le-Street History Group project volunteers have been working with Tithe Maps and Tithe Apportionments that cover a number of parishes in the area local to Thornton-le-Street. The idea is to create a pictorial representation of the complex information contained from the tithe apportionment data.
A tithe is defined as “one tenth of the annual produce of land or labour” that was formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy
During the 1830s and 1840s each parish surveyed the whole of England to build a picture of two forms of information:
• A Tithe map that laid out a picture of the fields and plots of land
• A Tithe apportionment that gave details about each field or plot of land
On the tithe map each field or plot of land was given a number within the parish to provide a link between the map and the tithe apportionment information.
Here’s a copy of Thornton-le-Street’s original Tithe map
and a sample entry of the Tithe apportionment information
The quality and accuracy of the Tithe maps vary and do not usually overlay exactly onto modern Ordnance Survey maps. To produce a more accurate version, the old Tithe map has to be geolocated (that is accurately positioned) to a modern map.
Scroll through the gallery to view the tithe maps we have produced.