b'collection of tithes also looked like clerical oppressionUse of Tithe Maps and by the Church.In some places these events led toApportionmentsdisorder amongst the population. Attempts were made to sort out the problems, but it was not untilAs can be seen from the previous example, the the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 that things begantithe map and the references to people can give a to happen.This Act commuted all tithes in kind andvaluable insight for local historians into the nature of substituted a fluctuating money payment known asa village, its land use, occupation, the way housing the tithe rent-charge, adjusted each year on the basiswas used (owners, tenants), and a useful indication of the seven year average price of wheat, barley andof where family members might be living within a oats. community for family historians.The Bishop Wilton Commissioners were appointed to sort out eachApportionment is very close to the 1841 census, so parishs tithe situation.They had to confirm anythese two can be used to make further connections.voluntary agreements to commute tithes that wereAt the East Riding Archives in Beverley there are reached before 1 October 1838, and to imposeonly tithe maps for Bolton and Belthorpe.Members awards on those districts which did not reachof the local history group and some family historians agreements, or where the terms of an agreement werehave been trying to find maps for Bishop Wilton considered unfair. The amount of the tithe was calledtownship and for Youlthorpe with Gowthorpe for some an apportionment. time, without success.It was thought they might be at the National Archives at Kew in London.Earlier Tithe Agreements, Awards andthis year the author had a meeting with an archivist Apportionments from Kew on an unrelated project and mentioned this Firstly the boundaries of each tithe district had toproblem in passing.It was suggested that we would be agreed.In the parish of Bishop Wilton there werefind the answer in the Tithe Files.Any documentation four:the Townships of Bishop Wilton, Belthorpe, for a parish was put into a file and this is stored at Bolton, and Youlthorpe with Gowthorpe. WhereKew under reference IR 18.tithes had not been commuted at an earlier stageA quick search of the National Archives Catalogue the commission produced a map of the area, calledon the Internet produced the following results:a Tithe Map.Each field, yard, dwelling and road hadIR 18 / 11496 a number.Sheets of paper were attached to theYorkshire East Riding: Bishop Wilton parish, map with each number having data under variousBishop Wilton township. Tithes extinguished under headings.On the Bolton Award an example is givenEnclosure Act and Award.for William Gospel: IR 18 / 11481 Heading: Yorkshire East Riding: Bishop Wilton parish, Landowner:Gospel, William Belthorpe township. Award and Apportionment.Occupier:William Gospel IR 18 / 11498 No.:66[the map reference] Yorkshire East Riding: Bishop Wilton parish, Bolton Nature and Descriptiontownship. Agreement and Apportionment.of holding:Garden IR 18 / 11803 State of cultivation:Garden Yorkshire East Riding: Bishop Wilton parish, Youlthorpe with Gowthorpe township. Tithes Quantity:AcreRoodPerch extinguished under Enclosure Act and Award.23 So maps and apportionments are available for Payment to Vicar ofBelthorpe and Bolton, but not for Bishop Wilton and Bishop Wiltonsd Youlthorpe with Gowthorpe.This was disappointing in 1-0 some ways, but these documents can provide some Payable to Improprietor: interesting facts about two of the townships, and Name of Improprietor: show what changes have taken place between 1841 This shows the apportionment of 1 shilling to beand when some of the later 19th century and early given to the vicar by William Gospel. 20th century Ordnance Survey maps were made.Over the whole of England and Wales this kindBibliography:of activity went on from 1837 to 1853, the majorityRoger J. P. Kain & Hugh C. Prince, Tithe Surveys for being completed by 1847.The Bishop WiltonHistorians published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd, 2000, Apportionment was made in 1841. ISBN1 86077 125 4Steven Hollowell, Enclosure Records for Historians published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1 86077 128 9BULLETIN 13 219'