Tithe Maps and Apportionments

The tithe maps and apportionments are an important source of information about the history and topography of a parish. They provide details of land ownership and occupation, and the type of cultivation of the land, and are often the earliest complete maps of parishes. They were produced in order to assess the tithe payable in cash to the parish church for the support of the church and its clergy. This tithe had been paid in kind until The Commutation Act was passed in 1836, when it was agreed that this should be converted to a monetary payment.

A survey of the whole of England and Wales was undertaken in the decade or so after 1836, to establish the boundaries of each parish, and assess the amount of tithe due for each parcel of land within it. This resulted in the survey of all tithe-able land in each parish, the production of a map covering the whole parish and a reference book (apportionment) identifying each plot of land. Note that in a few cases, no tithe map was made for the parish, because the land within it was not subject to tithes.

A list of the tithe dates, surveyors and scales can be downloaded here: Tithe dates and surveyors.

South West Heritage Trust - logoThe hard copy maps are held at the Devon Heritage Centre.

If you wish to obtain a copy, or reproduce any of the images in any form (online or in a hard copy publication) you will need to seek permission from the Devon Archives and Local Studies Service. Reproduction charges will apply; please see website for list of current charges.

Select the parish required from the drop down menu and press submit. This will load the tithe map and links to a pdf of the original tithe apportionment, and a transcription of the apportionment in both pdf and csv format. The Tithe map may display off-centre and very small, so you may need to scroll down the page and zoom in.

Tithe information can also be seen on the Environment Viewer. You can select ‘Tithe mosaic’ as a basemap, and tick the ‘Tithe polygons’ layer for individual plots of land. To see the apportionment for each plot, click on the map then click through the right arrows on the popups. Please read the disclaimer thoroughly as it contains important information about the Tithe and other data.