Hearth tax bibliography

Invaluable guides and tools for locating surviving hearth tax documents

  • Gibson, J, (1996) The hearth tax, and other later Stuart tax lists and the  association oath rolls, Federation of Family History Societies
  • The National Archives, E179 database

Published hearth tax returns

  • Beazley, F. C., ed. (1906) 'Hearth tax returns for the city of Chester, 1664-5'. Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, 52, Miscellanies, 5
  • Bourne, J. and A. Goode, ed. (1991) Rutland hearth tax 1665, Rutland Record Society
  • Burchall, M. J. ed.(undated) Sussex hearth tax assessments 1662, 1. Lewis rape and 2. Pevensey rape, Sussex Genealogical Centre Occasional Papers nos.3 and 4
  • Coleman, S. (1971) 'The hearth tax return for the hundred of Blackbourne, 1662', Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology,32,pt2, 168-192
  • Cumbria Family History Society, (1998) The Westmorland hearth tax for the year 1674, Cumbria Family History Society
  • Edwards, D.G., ed. (1982) Derbyshire hearth tax assessments 1662-70, Derbyshire Record Society, 7
  • Grogan, E.(1921,-23,-25,-27) 'Hearth tax 1666', Collections for a history of Staffordshire, [although entitled 1666 it is the record for the 1665 Michaelmas collection]
  • Hartopp, H (undated) Leicester and its inhabitants in 1664 being a transcript of the original hearth tax returns, Leicester: Clarke and Satchell
  • Hervey, S.H.A., ed. (1905) Suffolk in 1674, Suffolk Green Books, 11, no.13
  • Holworthy, R. (1916) Hearth Tax for Somerset,1664-5,Dwelly's National Records, 1, reprinted 1994, Weston super Mare: Harry Galloway Publishing
  • Hughes, E. & P. White (1991) The Hampshire hearth tax assessment 1665, Southampton: Hampshire Record Office 
  • Hyde, P. and D. Harrington (1998) Hearth tax returns for Faversham hundred 1662-1671: with supporting documents, Folkestone: Arden Enterprises
  • Lawton, G.O., ed. (1979) 'Northwich hundred poll tax 1660 and hearth tax in 1664', Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, 119
  • Marshall, L. (1990) 'The Bedfordshire hearth tax return of 1671', Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, 16 (reprint)
  • Meekings, C.A.F. (1940) Surrey hearth tax 1664, Surrey Record Society, 17
  • Meekings, C.A.F. (1951) Dorset hearth tax assessments, 1662-4,  Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
  • Meekings, C.A.F. and S. Porter and I. Roy(1983) 'The hearth tax collector's book for Worcester,1678-1680', Worcestershire Historical Society, NS 11
  • Purdy, J.D. (1991) Yorkshire hearth tax returns, University of Hull Centre for Regional and Local History
  • Russell, P.D.D., ed. (1981) 'Hearth tax returns for the Isle of Wight 1664-1674',Isle of Wight Records Series,1
  • Stoate, T. L. (1981) Cornwall hearth and poll taxes 1660-1664, Bristol
  • Stoate,T.L. (1982) Devon hearth tax return, Lady Day 1674, Bristol
  • Watkins-Pichford, W. (1949) The Shropshire hearth tax roll of 1672, Shropshire Archaeological and Parish Register Society.
  • Webster, W. F. (1988) Nottinghamshire hearth tax 1664:1674 Thoroton Society Record Series 37, Nottingham
  • Weinstock, M.M.B. (1940) Hearth tax returns,Oxfordshire,1665, Oxfordshire Record Society, 21
  • Welford, R. (1911) 'Newcastle householders in 1665 assessment of hearth tax', Archaeologia Aeliana, 3rd series, 7, 49-76 William Salt Archaeological Society


  • Faraday, M.A. (1989-91) 'The Radnorshire hearth tax return of 1670', Transactions of the Radnorshire Society, LIX, 29-58; LX, 66-89; LXI,76-89
  • Parry, O (1953-6) 'The hearth tax of 1662 in Merioneth', Merioneth Historical and Record Society, 2
  • Parkinson, E. (1994) The Glamorgan hearth tax assessment of 1670, South Wales Record Society, 10, Cardiff [?] (1920-3, 1924 and 1926) 'Pembrokeshire hearths in 1670', West Wales Historical Records

Volumes and articles examining and analysing the hearth tax and its records

  • Arkell, T. (2003) 'Identifying regional variations from the hearth tax', The Local Historian, 33, 3
  • Barnwell, P.S. and M. Airs, eds. Houses and the hearth tax: the later Stuart house and society, CBA
  • Braddick, M. J. (1994) Parliamentary taxation in seventeenth-century England, Suffolk: The Boydell Press
  • Chandaman, C. D. (1975) The English public revenue 1660-1688,  Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Gerhold, D. (2007) Putney and Roehampton in 1665: A Street Directory and Guide, London: BAHTP & WHS 
  • Meekings, C.A.F.(1962) The hearth tax 1662-89: exhibition of records, Public Record Office
  • Meekings, C.A.F.(1979) 'Analysis of hearth tax accounts, 1662-1666', List and Index Society, 153
  • Meekings, C.A.F. (1980) 'Analysis of hearth tax accounts,1669-1689', List and Index Society, 163
  • Parkinson, E. (1990) Glamorgan hearth tax records 1664-1673, Unpublished MA thesis, University of Wales College of Cardiff
  • Parkinson, E. (2008) The administration of the hearth tax 1662-1666, List and Index Society
  • Schurer, K. and T. Arkell, eds. (1992) Surveying the people: the interpretation and use of document sources for the study of population in the later seventeenth century, Oxford: Leopard’s Head Press Ltd
  • Spufford, M. (2000) The scope of local history, and the potential of the hearth tax returns, The Local Historian,  30, 4
  • Spufford, M. (1962) 'The significance of the Cambridgeshire hearth tax, Proceedings of the Cambridgeshire Antiquarian Society, 55
  • Styles, P. (1957) Warwick County records: Hearth tax returns, Warwick: Shire Hall
  • Wrightson, K. and D. Levine (1979) Poverty and Piety in an English Village,Terling 1525-1700, London: Academic Press