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Ancestry.com. London, England, Selected Rate Books, 1684-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: London Rate Books. London Metropolitan Archives, London, England.

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About London, England, Selected Rate Books, 1684-1907

Rates were collected in each parish for support of the sick and poor, maintenance of roads and church, and other parish expenses. This database includes rate books held at the London Metropolitan Archives for parishes in London. (Note: There are gaps in coverage for some areas, and approximately half the content is from the parish of St. Dunstan in the East.)

Rates were assessed based on a dwelling’s value. These records include a listing of who occupied the house, who owned the house, the type of dwelling, the name or situation of the property, how much rent was collected, and the rates paid. In some cases you may need to page forward for the rent and rate details which appear on the next page.

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