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Land Tax Assessment

Malham - 1798

Land Tax was introduced in 1692, in the reign of William III and Mary, as yet another means of raising revenue and wasn't finally abolished until 1963. Administered at the local level, it was based on a tax quota for each parish, shared amongst the landowners.

The sums assessed are the actual amounts of tax charged, so by comparing the assessments you can get an idea of the size and value of the property. Between 1772 and 1909 the rate remained at 4s. in the £, but from 1798 properties valued at under 20s. per year were officially exempted from paying land tax.

Because the tax was levied locally, the surviving records are usually to be found in the local record office, normally in the Quarter Sessions records, but the survival rate of these tax lists varies greatly from year to year and place to place.

The annual Land Tax Assessments list the names of the Occupiers and the names of the Proprietors (owners of land) in each parish (or Township in the case of Malhamdale), many of the latter, for example Lord Ribblesdale, lived elsewhere. Occupiers may hold land in more than one parish or township, so did not always live where they are listed in the Land Tax Assessments. In Malhamdale farms often straddled several townships, as they do today.

After 1798 the tax could be redeemed or exonerated with a lump sum payment equivalent to 15 years’ annual tax. Exonerated properties and their owners were still listed because of the need to record voting rights (from 1780, payment of land tax on freehold property worth £2 or more a year qualified a man to vote). Duplicates of the land tax assessments were deposited annually with the clerk of the peace for electoral purposes. From 1832 onwards, Land Tax Assessments contain incomplete lists of owners and occupiers, as those redeeming the land tax with a lump sum no longer had to be included on the lists after the 1832 Reform Act changed the qualification for voting rights and seperate Electoral Registers of qualified electors were compiled.

The assessors and collectors were usually parish officers, such as the Overseers of the Poor, who would already be collecting the Poor Rates for the area.

West Riding of Yorkshire - Township of Malham
An Assessment made in Pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed
in the 38th Year of His Majesty's Reign, for granting an Aid to His Majesty
by a Land Tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year 1798

Land Tax Assessment 1798

Names of Proprietors
Names of Occupiers
Sums Assesed
Date of Contract
Malham East
£
s
d
1 Lord Ribblesdale William Read
1
3
1 ¾
4 Jun 1799
2
Mr. Alcock Anthony Taylor
1
9
2   
6 Jul 1799
3
William Rookes Leeds Serjeantson Esquire William Preston
16
 ¼
 
4
Thomas Hutchinson Esquire John Heaton
1
4
3 ¼
 
5
John Tennant Matthew Greenwood
4
5   
 
6
Richard Brayshaw William Anderson
1
11   
7 Feb 1800
7
Mr. Tindall Eme. Tomlinson
1
2
7 ¼
4 Jun 1799
8
Lord Ribblesdale John Armistead
3
4 ¾
     ditto
9
Mr. William Clapham George Hargraves
2
18
6 ½
16 May 1799
10
Thomas Procter Sarah Procter
9   
 
11
George Mount himself
9   
20 Dec 1799
12
Duke Knowles John Brotherton
10
10 ½
18 May 1799
13
Thomas Hurtley himself
2   
 
14
Mr. William Clapham George Hargraves & John Procter
1
0
11 ½
15 May 1799
15
John Heaton himself
1
11
7   
 
16
Christopher Smith Robert Sedgwick
6
2 ½
 
17
Thomas Hammerton John Brayshaw
4   
 
18
John Hind himself
1
9   
18 Mar 1799
19
John Heaton himself
1
3 ½
 
20
John Shackleton Samuel Bates
1
0
11   
 
21
Lord Ribblesdale William Brayshaw
4
3   
4 Jun 1799
22
John Brown himself
1
9   
4 Jun 1799
23
Christopher Bateson himself
2
11 ¾
20 Dec 1799
24
Anthony Brayshaw William Preston
11
10 ½
20 Dec 1799
25
Sir Nelson Rycroft Thomas Silverwood
10
11 ½
23 Mar 1799
26
John Procter himself
1
9   
16 May 1799
27
Mr. John Atkinson himself
4
4 ½
23 Mar 1799
28
Mr. James King Mr. Wilkinson
5
8   
23 Mar 1799
29
Richard Brayshaw Bernard Chester
2
5 ½
7 Feb 1800
30
Mr. John Lund himself
11
10   
18 Mar 1799
31
Bernard Preston himself
1
9   
 
32
Reverend William Roundell Mathew Procter
1
10   
 
     ditto Christopher Mount
1
10   
23 Mar 1799
33
Francis Lister for Mr Chamberlain Thomas Parkinson
1
3
1   
23 Mar 1799
34
William Atkinson himself
4
3   
23 Mar 1799
35
Mr Pullan himself
1
3   
20 Dec 1799
36
Richard Brayshaw & Robert Hartley Thomas Cockshot, Richard Sutcliffe
10
3 ½
 
38
W R L Serjeantson Esquire Samuel Preston
6
8 ½
 
Roger Preston
6
8 ½
22 Jun 1799
John Stott
2
7 ¾
 
John Taylor
2
6 ¾
 
John Hind
4
0   
22 Jun 1799
39
John Hind himself
9   
18 Mar 1799
40
Mr. Wilkinson, Reverend Mr King now owner himself
1
9   
23 Mar 1799
41
John Procter Lawrence Preston
5
2 ¾
 
42
Richard Hall Thomas Atkinson
1
1 ¾
18 May 1799
43
Mr. Morris George Hargraves
4
0   
 
44
William Atkinson Robert Peacock
2
6   
4 Jun 1799
45
Stephen Tennant Thomas Parkinson
1
3 ¼
18 May 1799
46
Mrs. Watkinson Widow Rawsthorn
1
9   
 
47
Robert Hargraves himself
1
2   
 
48
Mr. Henry Lund himself
1
9   
18 Mar 1799
49
Lord Ribblesdale himself
5
2 ½
4 Jun 1799
Malham West
 
50
Lord Ribblesdale Bernard Preston
1
7
5   
4 Jun 1799
51
W R L Serjeantson Esquire John Hind
10
4 ½
22 Jun 1799
52
Mr. Henry Lund himself
1
17
10   
18 Mar 1799
53
Lord Ribblesdale William Brayshaw
3
4
 ½
4 Jun 1799
54
Richard Brayshaw Edmund Cockshott, Thomas Benson, William, Anderson Joshua Metcalfe, Mrs Lund
1
4
8 ¾
7 Feb 1800
55
John Atkinson himself
2
12
5 ½
23 Mar 1799
56
Robert Shackleton John Brayshaw
6
10   
 
57
Mr. James King Abraham Eastwood
6
11   
23 Mar 1799
58
William Atkinson Robert Peacock
2
11
3 ¾
4 Jun 1799
59
Christopher Smith Robert Sedgwick
12
0   
 
60
Mr. T Paley himself
3
2   
16 May 1799
61
William Brayshaw himself & James Thompson
1
10 ½
 
62
Richard Hall Thomas Atkinson
9
1 ½
18 May 1799
63
The Parish  
2
11 ¾
 
64
Mr. John Parkinson himself
1
8 ¾
4 Jun 1799
65
Mrs. Sedgwick Robert Sedgwick
6
11 ¾
 
66
Richard Petty Stephen Clark
5   
 
67
Reverend William Roundell Christopher Mount
4
3   
 
Matthew Procter
2
1   
23 Mar 1799
68
Thomas Hammerton John Brayshaw
1
3   
 
69
John Shackleton himself
12
11   
 
70
John Lawson himself
1
1
9   
 
71
Mr. Tindall Eme. Tomlinson
1
10   
4 Jun 1799
72
Mr. Morris William Wigglesworth
2
9   
 
73
Miss Ellen Thompson William Hargraves
1
8   
18 Mar 1799
74
Mr. Josias Rimmington himself
9
11 ½
23 Mar 1799
75
Mr. Hall himself
8   
 
76
William Atkinson himself
8
6 ¾
23 Mar 1799
77
William Wetherall himself
6
10 ¼
23 Mar 1799
78
Francis Lister for Mr Chamberlaing Thomas Parkinson
9   
23 Mar 1799
79
John Settle himself
1
8   
20 Dec 1799
80
John Hind himself
8   
18 Mar 1799
81
Richard Brayshaw& Robert Hartley Thomas Cockshott, Richard Sutcliffe
10
5 ¼
 
83
Widow Shackleton John Shackleton
1
 ½
 
84
John Brayshaw himself
6
11   
20 Dec 1799
85
Kirkby School  
1
0   
 
86
John Heaton himself
1
10 ¾
 
87
Mr. John Lund John Brayshaw
10
5 ¼
18 Mar 1799
88
Malham School  
4
9 ¾
 
Total
£43   
4s  
9d   
 

Transcribed by Diana Mallinson


Finding Further Land Tax Assessments for Malhamdale 1781 - 1832

You can find the Land Tax Duplicate asssessments in the West Riding Quarter Sessions records held at the West Yorkshire Archives Service External Website logo in Wakefield, listed in class QE13.

Assessments for Malham Moor; Malham (East & West); Kirkby Malham(dale); Hanlith; Scosthrop; and Airton, all situated in the Wapentake of Staincliffe West and Ewcross and are listed under class QE13/13 and the following years are available:

Malham Moor QE13/13/34 1781, 1783-1786, 1788-1815, 1817-1832
Malham (East & West) QE13/13/32 1781-1786, 1788-1815, 1817-1832
Kirkby Malham(dale) QE13/13/27 1781-1786, 1788-1815, 1817-1832
Hanlith QE13/13/20 1781-1786, 1788-1815, 1817-1832
Scosthrop QE13/13/47 1781-1786, 1788-1815, 1817-1832
Airton QE13/13/1 1781-1786, 1788-1800, 1802-1812, 1814-1815, 1817-1832
Otterburn QE13/13/42 1781-1786, 1788-1812, 1814-1815, 1817-1832


Assessments for the townships of Bordley; Calton; Eshton; Flasby with Winterburn; and Coniston Cold listed in the Wapentake of Staincliffe, East under class QE13/12. Returns for the period 1760, 1781- 1832 are available, with the exception of the years 1787, 1807, 1816 which have not survived for the east division of Staincliffe.

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