The British Academy Hearth Tax Project

The British Academy Hearth Tax Project is working to transcribe and analyse the fullest surviving hearth tax return/s for every county in England where a return has not already been published and analysed.

The Project, in association with the British Record Society (BRS) and, where possible, the relevant local record society, then publishes this research through a series of hard-copy volumes, details of which can be found on the publications page.

In addition to the wealth of raw data and analysis, each volume in the BRS series also contains an authoritative and scholarly historical introduction and an examination of the built environment relating to the hearth tax. Introductions to some previous volumes, including Kent, Durham and Westmorland are available on Hearth Tax Online.

The following represents a provisional list of counties in their expected publication schedule, although this is subject to alteration:

  • London / Middlesex, 1662L, 1664L & 1666L
  • Yorkshire East Riding, 1672L
  • Yorkshire North Riding, 1673M
  • Northamptonshire, 1674L
  • Northumberland, 1666L
  • Norfolk, 1672M
  • City of York, 1665, 1670, 1672 & 1674
  • Herefordshire, 1664L
  • Hertfordshire, 1663L
  • Worcestershire, 1664/5M
  • Lancashire, 1664L
  • Huntingdonshire, TBC
  • Wiltshire, 1662M
  • Cheshire, 1664L
  • Sussex, 1670L
  • Lincolnshire, TBC
  • Berkshire, 1664L
  • Buckinhamshire, TBC
  • Cumberland, TBC

There are also sixteen counties for which a return has already been published and these are less likely to be published again in hard-copy by the Project and the BRS. These are, Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire and Sufolk.