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Land Tax Records

This is a brief overview of the Government Land Tax which came into existance in the fourth regnal year (1692) of William and Mary and was finally abolished in 1963 although only records up to 1832 will be initially considered here. For more information see the reference section.

Assessment for payment
    - Valuation
    - Who Paid
    - What was taxed
    - Tax Rates
Assessments Records
    - Hundred divisions
    - Boroughs (Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Norwich)


Governments are always in need of money and particularly so in 1692 as this country was at war with France. This was another tax to raise the necessary finance. It replaced the old Commonwealth monthly assessments.

Assessment for payment

A County valuation was done in 1692 to assess who and what was taxable. Once this was done the task of gathering the tax fell to Commissioners who were appointed for each County and from these came divisional commissioners who appointed parish assessors and collectors. Quotas were allocated to Hundreds (in the case of Norfolk) and then to individual parishes.

Assessments Records

1. For the Hundred divisions :-

2. For the Boroughs of Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Norwich there are many records some of which start in the early 1690s. For a list see Norfolk Record Office catalogue.


Gibson Jeremy, Medlycott Mervyn and Mills Dennis
Land & Window Tax Assessments, 1690-1950
[ISBN: 1860060544, FFHS, 2nd edn. 1998]
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
England and Wales
Return of Owners of Land - Norfolk in 1873
In 2 Volumes (Norfolk in Vol.1)
(Lists owners with 1 acre or more)
[London, HMSO: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1875]
[M.M. Publications (Suffolk), Microfiche?]
[ISBN: 1845945954, Cinderford: archivecdbooks, 2000: CD-ROM]
Hunt H. G.
Short Guides to Records
First Series - Guides 1-24
No 16 - Land Tax Assessments
Edited by Lionel M. Munby
[ISBN: 0852783477, The Historical Association, 1972]
Palgrave-Moore Patrick
Norfolk Rural Extant Land Tax Assessments 1700-1702
(with combined Land Tax and Poll Tax for 1702)
Tunstead Hundred - Norfolk
[Wroxham, Elvery Dowers Publications, 2000]
Palgrave-Moore Patrick
Land Tax Assessments 1700-1703
Tunstead & Happing Hundreds - Norfolk
[Wroxham, Elvery Dowers Publications, 2000]
Palgrave-Moore Patrick
Kings Lynn Land Tax 1692/3
[Wroxham, Elvery Dowers Publications, 2000]
Turner Michael and Mills Dennis Richard
Land and Property
(The English Land Tax 1692-1832)
(includes a West Norfolk section)
[ISBN: 0862992230/0862992231, Sutton Publishing Limited, 1986]



For further information about this tax and the records available see:-

See also Norfolk Land and Property

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February 2016