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The Hearth Tax of England and Wales

To make hearth tax returns accessible for every country in England and Wales from 1662 to 1689, with historical introductions, indexes and other critical apparatus

Chair: Professor Trevor Dean 
Project Director: Dr Andrew Wareham

National taxation records are of particular value to historians, providing rare snapshots of both the extent and distribution of wealth and population across an entire country. The Hearth Tax of the 1660s and 1670s provides one such detailed picture of the socio-economic and demographic structure of England and Wales.

The Hearth Tax Project aims to publish the fullest surviving return for each county (where one has not already been published), together with a scholarly introduction analysing the economic structure, social profile and population density of each county. In addition, the information on hearths sheds invaluable light on vernacular architecture and on developments in building during the later 17th century.

Four volumes have already been published. The number of volumes currently in preparation is 16.

Dr Andrew Wareham: hearth.tax@roehampton.ac.uk

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Academy Research Projects

The Academy Research Projects are major long-term infrastructural projects or research facilities, intended to produce works of scholarship.