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Broseley Valuation 1802

In 1802Valentine Vickers valued the town of Broseley.  Although Vickers does not state the purpose, the ledger appears to be a valuation of the town in order that the Tithes can be calculated on what was now a  mixed urban and rural parish with a population of around 5,000. Thus it is the equivalent to the tithe valuation of 1838 however there is no associated map and it does not list individual fields.

The document lists the occupants and owners of each property so, with the exception of lodgers and sub letting, it lists the head of household for all the occupants of the town.  It also lists where the property was situated and gives a brief description.

Page 5 is missing but the sub totals on the bottom of page 4 and top of page 5 are identical hence no entries are missing.

Page 27 is missing so the names between Charles Guest and Thomas Glover are lost.  Strangely the binding of the book does not indicate that this page was torn out, rather that it was never transcribed, so there may be another copy of the book which includes this page.

Page 36 is torn out so the names of the Joneses from Francis to Thomas are missing.

The original ledger is in Shropshire Archives. Reference P44/V/1/1

Broseley Tithe Map and Apportionment 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.
Occupier             This is the person to whom the landowner let the land of property
Relet To:             Often the Occupier did not live in a house but re-let it so this shows the actual occupier.
Plot                     This refers to a plot number on the Tithe Map.
Area                    Area of the plot of land, in Acres.
Rent                     How much was paid to the Church in Pounds, shillings & pence.
Cultivation           What was grown on the land
Description          For a field this is the field name.  Houses, coal and iron pits etc are described.

View the Tithe Map Index (compiled by E.J. Cox).

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. 

Valentine Vickers Ledgers

There are nine volumes of ledgers at Shropshire Archives (515/1-9) containing the valuations of property undertaken by Valentine Vickers.  Below are transcriptions of the items relating to the Broseley area.

1791

Valuation of the Dean Estate near Broseley the property of Messrs Keay and Company.

1792 A Particular and Valuation of part of the Demise Lands at Caughley in the County of Salop belonging to Ralph Browne Wylde Brown Esqr
1792

Particulars and Valuation of several Freehold small places on Shirlett &c the Property of George Forester Esq.

1793

A particular and Valuation of the Lordship and Manor of Broseley in the County of Salop with the Cottages, Chief rents Mines of Coal and Ironstone, Privileges and Advantages thereunto belonging the Property of John Stephens Esqr

1793

A Particular and Valuation of Mr Smiths Leasehold Interest in Premises at Broseley on the County of Salop the property of George Forester Esq.

1793-4

Particulars and Valuation of the Manor of Broseley subject to Mr Plumers Opinions respective to Cottage Rents.

1793

A particular and Valuation of Premises at Caughley proposed to be let to Francis Benbow.

1794 A particular and Valuation of the Estates at Bridgnorth and Broseley in the County of Salop the property of Mr John Piper (1794)
1794 Letter: John Stephens re land taken by Commissioners of Road (New line of turnpike at Linley) and valuation at Wyke
1794

A Particular and valuation of Swinney Estate in the Parish of Broseley and Barrow in the County of Salop the Property of George Forester Esq.

1794 Particular and Valuation of the Estates called Easthope situate at Broseley in the County of Salop with the very valuable Mines of Coal and Ironstone under the same the Property of William Taylor Esq.
1795 Reference to a Plan of Caughley Estate in the County of Salop the property of Ralph Browne Wylde Browne Esq
1796 A Valuation of the Glebe Lands and Tithes in the Parishes of Stockton, Astley Abbots and Bonningdale for the Year 1796
1796 Valuation of Timber grooving in the (blank) Coppice at Caughley the property of Ralph Browne Wylde Brown
1797 Letter: John Onions and barn in Linley
1797 Particulars and Valuation of Estates in Broseley and Much Wenlock in the County of Salop the Property of John Stephens.
15 March 1797
1798 Particulars and valuation of Roughton Estate situate in the Parish of Broseley and County of Salop the property of John Stephens Esq.
1800 Abstract of the Valuation of Benthall Estates in the County of Salop in the property of Thomas Harris Esq approx 1800.
1800 Particulars and Valuation of the Rectory House and Glebe Premises of Broseley in the county of Salop belonging to the Revd Townsend Forester
1802 Particulars and valuation of Estates situate in the County of Salop and property of Doctor Littlehales M.D. (Aimes Farm)
1802 Valuation of the Tithes of Astley Abbots belonging to the Revd Richard Mountford taken for the year 1802
1802 Letters re Onions Estate and Estate valuation including comments on Lime Works
1802-10 Barrow Tithes -short lists of people who pay Tithes.
1803 Full Tithe assessment for Barrow, Shirlett and Caughley listing all occupiers of properties.
1803 Survey and Valuation of Broseley Estate situate in the County of Salop the property of William Yalverton Davenport Esq
1803

An Account of Allotments on Shirlett made under the Inclosure Act situate in the parish of Barrow exclusive of those made to George Forester

1803

Particulars and valuation of an Estate and Mines situate in the parish of Broseley and County of Salop the Property of William Taylor Esq.

1804

Particulars and Valuation of Shirlett Farm in the Parishes of Barrow, Morville &c in the County of Salop the property of Thomas Whitmore Esq. and in lease to Thomas Turner Esq.

1806 Valuation of the Tithes of Part of the Parish of Broseley.
1806 Particular and Valuation of Freehold Property in the Parish of Broseley and County of Salop belonging to Revd Rowley in lots as proposed to be sold (3 lots: Lower end of Broseley, Delph & Fiery Field)
1807

Particulars and valuation of the Bould Farm in the parish of Willey and County of Salop the property of Thomas Haslewood Esq.

1807 Valuation of the Tithes of Part of the Parish of Broseley
1808 Valuation of the Tithes of Part of the Parish of Broseley
1808

A Valuation of Cottages &c on Shirlett proposed to be purchased by George Forester Esqr Sept. 1808

1808 A Valuation of Caughley Farm the property of Ralph Brown Wylde Browne Esq.
1808 Valuation of Rowton Farm in the Parish of Broseley and County of Salop the Property of J. Stephens
1809-9

A valuation of the Tithes of part of the Parish of Broseley for the years 1808 & 1809

1810 A valuation of Estates at Broseley in the county of Salop the property of John Gurnell Esqr
1810

Valuation of the Tithes of Broseley for the year 1810 to stand on Average

1811 An Account of the Personal Property of the late R.B.W. Browne Esq. (Caughley)
1811

Valuation of Part of Benthall Estate belonging to Thomas Harries Esq taken Nov 11 1811

Post 1823 Particulars and Valuation of Linley Hall Estate in the County of Salop Property of (blank) Lacon Esqr
1801-08 Valentine Vickers accounts: Forester, Davenport, Stephens etc.
1815-22 Valentine Vickers accounts: Forester, Davenport, Whitmore, Littlehales etc.