Welcome to LutterworthHistory.co.uk

LutterworthHistory.co.uk was born out of the desire to present a large archive of historical information about Lutterworth. This was collected over four years researching the history of Lutterworth whilst working on a project for the Victoria County History. The project aim was to document the history of the Parishes of Leicestershire. During this time a large amount of information about the history of Lutterworth was accumulated. Technology was embraced and a website created to showcase this interesting information in an easy-to-access format, with the hope of it being useful to schools, communities, researchers and people from all over the world.

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Church Levy Book

Church Levy Book

The church rate (levy) was a tax formerly levied in each parish in England and Ireland for the benefit of the parish church. The rates were used to meet the costs of carrying on divine service, repairing the fabric of the church and paying the salaries of the connected officials. Except for a brief period during the Commonwealth of England in the 17th century, the raising of Church Rates has never been confirmed by statute. The compulsory levying of the church rate was abolished by statute in 1868; however, it remains on a voluntary basis in many parishes.The church rates were set by the churchwardens together with the parishioners, who were duly assembled after proper notice had been posted in the church vestry or the church. The church rate was a personal charge imposed on the occupier of land or of a house in the parish, and, it was compulsory.



Church Warden Levy Book Cover

The cover of the Church Wardens Levy Book



1762 Levy

Church Levy book for 1762. Churchwardens Thomas Corrall and William Powers.


1763 Levy

Church Levy book for 1763. Churchwardens Thomas Corrall and John Hudson.



1764 Levy

Church Levy book for 1764. Churchwardens Thomas Corrall and Richard Murphy.



1775 Levy

Church Levy book for 1776 Churchwardens Richard Shuckburgh and William Iliffe.