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Cromer Tithe 1840

A tithe map was drawn for Cromer in 1840. A year later, the 'Apportionment', the document with information about the land on the map, was issued. Both map and apportionment can now be seen in the Norfolk Record Office. The tithe map was issued in 1843 and the copy of the apportionment document was approved in 1847.

We've used these two documents to provide the map on this page. The data redrawn from the tithe map has been 'georectified' to fit a modern map projection. Use one of the buttons on the bottom left of the map one at a time - they toggle on and off. Use the Google buttons top left to choose the type of map you'd like to have in the background. The satellite button allows you to turn off the modern labels if you wish. Clicking on a plot on the map itself will give you information.

Plot Name & Occupier shows just the boundaries of the plots, so that you can see the modern map or satellite image behind. Clicking one of the plots will generally give you the 1840 name of the plot and the occupier as listed in the apportionment. Sometimes these details are missing and a question mark usually indicates a bit of uncertainty in reading the writing on the document.

Plot Owner & Acreage shows the owner of the plot and the acreage in statue measurement. Each owner of more than one plot has been given a colour so that it is possible to see ownership of adjoining plots; where an owner is listed as having only one plot, the area is shown as transparent. It is mostly in the town centre that single plot ownership occurs. The most obvious statement drawn from this use of the map is that the greater part of the parish remained in the ownership of the Felbrigg Hall estate.

Usage & Valuation shows the usage, the 'State of Cultivation' from the appropriation document and the value to be paid to the appropriator, the landowner, to replace payment in goods. There was also a payment to be made to the Vicar. The colours on the map show the mix of usage; if no colour is shown, there is no entry in the apportionment document. It is interesting to see that the church/churchyard is listed as 'pasture', presumably as is seen in early photographs the churchyard was overgrown and perhaps used for pasture for sheep.