The Society’s Topographical collection contains many official documents relating to land, property and taxes which allows us to take a peek at the kind of financial outgoings our ancestors were faced with.

The 1819 document below can be found in the ‘Woburn’ box of documents within the Topographical Collection. It lists fifty pairs of proprietors and their occupants (often listed as ‘himself’) with the amount that is being assessed and the amount that is redeemed in tax.

 DSC 1700 thumb Land Tax Assessment from 1819

DSC 1701 thumb Land Tax Assessment from 1819

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