'a truly pioneering project of national relevance and importance' (Vernacular Architecture 37, 2006, 147)
'an outstanding resource for historians of England and Wales' (The Local Historian 32.4, 2002, 257)
The Hearth Tax was levied for the King's personal purse on every hearth in the kingdom. It was collected every six months and everyone was assessed by an official empowered to enter their dwelling. The Centre conducts research on the hearth tax in Restoration England, and publishes hearth tax data and research, organizes conferences and workshops, and maintains a range of partnerships with academic institutions, such as the British Academy. Further details of the Centre's work can be found on these pages, including details of Hearth Tax Online, which is free of charge to all users. The Centre focuses its attention upon architectural, economic, family and local history. Traditionally its focus has been upon rural communities, but the Centre now also researches London history.
If you are looking for transcriptions of hearth tax records or online databases and parish maps relating to the hearth tax, these can be found on Hearth Tax Online.
We have just launched a fully-searchable online version of the London and Middlesex hearth tax. You can search for people, by surname, and places, by parish, as well as targeting your search at either London or Middlesex. The searchable version has been released in tandem with the two-volume hard copy edition published by the British Record Society.
The Roehampton University Centre for Hearth Tax Studies was established in 1995 by Professor Margaret Spufford FBA (1935-2014) and was renamed the Centre for Hearth Tax Research in 2006.The Centre is based within the Department of Humanities at the University of Roehampton, London.
Centre for Hearth Tax Research
Department of Humanities, Digby Stuart College
University of Roehampton, London
Centre Director: Dr Andrew Wareham
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 8112
Project Manager: Dr John Price
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3731
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