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Rates and Valuations

Paying the rates, 1935

These days we pay Council Tax, but for centuries owners and occupiers paid rates on their properties.

The rates had their origin in Tudor taxation for local roads and poor relief.  By the 19th century, district rates had come in to help councils pay for the wide range of services that they were now required to provide.

Survival of rate books and rating valuations is patchy, but they will tell you who owned and lived in a property, what it was used for and can also give you a clue for when changes were made to it.

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