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Highweek Parish Poor Rate Assessment – 1825

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. Overseers made assessments of the money payable on each property in the parish, and kept accounts, which recorded the poor rates collected. In some parishes, poor rate assessments or accounts may provide the only surviving information on the properties leased or owned by farming families for certain time periods. Although land tax assessment records survive for Devon parishes for most years between 1780 and 1832, it is likely that the poor rate assessment for 1825 includes more properties. Although assessments and accounts were usually recorded in volumes, this assessment for properties in the parish of Highweek in 1825 is written on a sheet of paper. At the top of the sheet is the following heading: An Assessment for the necessary relief of the Poor and for the other purposes in the several Acts of Parliament relative to the Poor of the Parish of Highweek in the County of Devon made and assessed the 3rd of January 1825 being ten rates and making a total of fifty rates since Lady Day last. The assessment records the value of a single poor rate for each property, the proprietor’s name, the occupier’s name, the name of the estate and the total poor rate payable (ten times the single poor rate).


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