Cambridgeshire Hearth Tax Returns, Michaelmas 1664. Lists householders and provides an indication of the size of houses across 17th century Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire Hearth Tax Returns, Michaelmas 1664.
Edited by Nesta Evans and Susan Rose.
This is the first of the series of Hearth Tax volumes produced by the Roehampton Hearth Tax Centre and the British Record Society, in association with county record societies. Twenty volumes are projected. The volumes are provided with scholarly introductions complete with maps and tables so that the volumes can be of the greatest use to social and economic historians working on a national canvas as well as to the local historians of the counties concerned. When the mapping and analysis is completed, it will provide a bird's-eye view of the distribution and density of taxable population in England and Wales in the 1660's and 1670's. The introductions also stress that the Hearth Taxes throw light on the buildings about which they give such austere information. This series will therefore focus attention on housing as necessary evidence in interpreting the past.
These volumes will be useful for family historians. The Hearth Taxes and their indices are ideal for finding lost ancestors. The Roehampton Centre has had microfilm made of the Hearth Tax listings in the Public Record Office, and made copies of the relevant portions available to every appropriate local record office in the country.