for All Saints Church - Orton
to a publication by the Rev. Robert Simpson M.A. we know what tithes
were collected by the vicar of Orton in 1842.
the said vicarage is also belonging the tithe of wool throughout the
parish; and the manner of tithing is this, the owner lay his whole
year’s produce in five parcels or heaps, the vicar, or person
employed by him, chooseth one of the five heaps, which he pleaseth
and divides the same into two parts, of which two parts the owner
chooseth one, and leaves the other to the vicar for his tenth part.
tithe of lambs in their proper kind (alive) throughout the parish,
and the custom concerning them is this, if a person’s number is
one, he pays a penny; if two he pays two-pence; if three, pe pays
three-pence; if four, he pays four-pence; If five, he pays half a
lamb; if six a whole lamb, the vicar paying back four-pence; if
seven, three-pence; if eight, two-pence; if nine one-penny; if ten,
the vicar hath a lamb complete; and in a like manner for every number
above ten. And if a man’s number is under fifty, the tithe is taken
thus, the owner takes up two, then the vicar takes 1; next the owner
takes nine, then again the vicar takes one, and so on till the vicar
hath taken the number due to him: if they are fifty or upwards, they
are put into a place altogether, and run out singly through a hole or
gap; the two first that come out are the owner’s, the tird the
vicar’s, then the owner hath the next nine, then the vicar one, and
so on till the vicar hath his number. And if sheep are sold in the
spring, the tithe of lambs is paid by the person with whom they were
lambed, whether seller or buyer.
tithe of geese, taken up about Michaelmas, in the same manner as the
lambs; except that whereas a penny is paid on the account of each odd
lamb, an halfpenny only is paid for each odd goose.
tithe of pigs in like manner.
tithe of eggs about Easter, two eggs for each old hen and duck, and
one egg for each chicken and duck of the first year.
every person who sows hemp is paid yearly one penny.
every plough is paid yearly one penny.
every person keeping bees is paid yearly one penny.
obligation of four-pence at every churching of women.
every wedding, by publication of banns, one shilling; by license, ten
every funeral (without a sermon) six-pence.
every person of age to communicate, three halFpence yearly, due at
tithes and profits of Orton vicarage were worth about £90. per year
(about £9000 in 2016)