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Hearth Tax of 1665 in Oxford


The Hearth Tax was brought in after the Restoration to help create a revenue for the King: it was a payment of two shillings a year for each fireplace in a house. It was not imposed on houses below an annual value of £1 a year.

Lists of payers of 1665 tax

University (1,117 hearths)
Colleges and Halls

South-West Ward (627 hearths)
Parishes of St Martin’s (part), St Peter-in-the-East (part), St Aldate, St Ebbe

North-West Ward (1,265 hearths)
Parishes of St Martin’s (part), St Michael (part), St Peter-in-the-East (part),
St Peter-le-Bayley, St Thomas, All Saints (part), St Mary-the-Virgin,
St John-the-Baptist

North-East Ward (1,021 hearths)
Parishes of All Saints (part), St John-the-Baptist (part), St Martin (part),
St Michael (part), St Mary Magdalen (part), St Peter-in-the East (part)

Suburbs (804 hearths)
Areas lying outside the old city wall, including parishes of St Mary Magdalen (part),
St Thomas, St Giles, and Binsey

 

The lists have been reproduced in the original order, which means that some parishes are listed more than once under each ward