Birth, Marriage, Death and Taxes

Birth, Marriage, Death and Taxes

Lyme Regis Censuses 1695–1703

Hardback244pp Illustrated

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In 1695, the short-lived Marriage Duty Act imposed a tax on births, marriages and burials, as well as an annual charge on bachelors over the age of 25 and childless widowers. The tax assessment relied on censuses and seven of these documents have survived for Lyme Regis. Transcribed in this volume, with a substantial introduction, the censuses give a valuable insight into the life and social structure of the town between 1695 and 1703.

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