Broseley Tithe Map 1838
In past centuries landowners had to pay a tithe to the Church of the Parish. This consisted of one tenth of the produce of the land and stock allotted. This resulted in landowners giving wheat, barley cows, pigs etc to the curate of the church. In the early 1800's this system was changed so that instead of paying in kind, the landowner now paid one tenth of the income from the land. As part of this change, throughout the country, details maps and indexes were made in order to calculate the amount which should be paid for a piece of land. i.e. the income which could be expected from the land.
Broseley was surveyed in 1838 (dated 27th April 1838) by B. Hill of Colemore Row of Birmingham and a detailed index (apportionment) and map produced. The map details each house, garden and plot of land and is drawn to a large scale.
The apportionment contains various headings:
Landowner: This shows who
owned the land.
View the Tithe Map Index (compiled by E.J. Cox) in PDF format.
View a scanned version of the Map (Courtesy of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust)
A copy of the map and index can also be seen in Broseley Library. The original maps for Broseley, Benthall, Willey and other parishes in Shropshire can be seen at the Records Office at Castle Gates Shrewsbury.