This transcription of the Tithe Map Schedule for Barrow in Cheshire was originally transcribed by Katherine C. SYNGE and typed/indexed by L A Muriel. Further details are as follows:
Mrs.Vera CHAPMAN writing about her study of West Cheshire Villages says:-
"Barrow has a particularly interesting set of field-names, and field shapes.
They are one of a group of Townships in West Cheshire where the Open Field System
decayed slowly and most have lasted into much later times than has hitherto been
A great-grand-daughter of George OKELL of Barrow Hall in the Tithe Map, remembered
the Number of the OKELL Quillet in the Town Meadow
The following are some of the Field Names that perpetuate this Open Field Cultivation
the numbers in brackets refer to those shown on the Tithe Maps:-
LOONT - is an open strip in a former Open Field of Mediaeval times or earlier e.g.
Barrow Hill Loont (441)
Long Loonts (454) now softened to "Long Looms" on which Council House stand.
DOWL - e.g. Little Dowl (3E4)
FLATT - e.g. Marsh Flatt (4E5)
Flatt Croft (588)
Iron Flatt (669)
Flatt Cheese (125) etc.
BUTT - is described as Setting up the ridge & the 7 rounds of ploughing
e.g. Nine Butts (336) commerates gthe number of Butts enclosed to make up
Flax Butts (463) etc.
REANS - (Re-aris) are described today as bring the hollws berween Butt strips, said to
be for drainage sometimes, but in places may mark open strip cultivation
Wheat Reans (468) etc.
INTAKE - CLOSE - INCLOSURE In which these names occur on Barrow Hill, next to the
strip shaped fields, they indicate small fields eclosed from once
larger Open Field. (438) (460) (437) (422) (640) etc.
Other interesting names of Known Meanings
RIDDING - (O.E. Hryding) neans a Clearing or a cleared land, a name common in
Cheshire which was mostly thick woodland.
Fields now bearing the name "Ridding" were historically late in being cleared
and the name distinguished them as new land compared to the older
cultivated fields. Grow Riddind (85), Pool Ridding (206) etc.
INGOT or PINFOLD - (O.E.Pundfald) was an enclosure for strayed or distrained beasts
and were once a feature of every village, The Tithe Map shows 3 Pingots
1. Great Barrow (542) now the new Churchyard
2. Little Barrow in two portions (105 & 112) each once called "Part of Pingot"
3. A small Pingot on Broomhill Hill (416)
Appointment of the Rent Charge in lieu of Tithes in the Parish of Barrow in the County of
Whereas an Agreement for the Commutation of Tithes in the Parish of Barrow in the
County of Cheshire was on the twelfth day of April in the Year One Thousand Eight
Hundred and Thirty eight, confirmed by the Tithe Commisioners for England & Wales
of which agreement, with the Schedule thereunto annexed, the following is a copy:-
Provisional Articles of Agreement for the Commutation of the Tithes of the Parish of
Barrow in the County of Cheshire in pursuance of the Act for the Commutation of Tithes
in England & Wales made and executed at a meeting duly called and holden at the
Charity School Room in the said Parish on the twenty seventh day of September in
the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven and since acted upon
according to the provisions of the said Act by and between the several persons Owners
of Land within the said Parish by whom or by whose agents duly authorised on their
behalf these presents are executed and the interest of which Land Owners in the Lands
of the said Parish is cut less than two thirds of the Land therein subject to Tithes of the
one part and the Reverend John CLARK, clerk, Rector of the said Parish and owner of
all Tithes as well great as small thereof of the other part.
It is by these presents witnessed that at the said Meeting it hath been and is
mutually agreed upon by and between all said Parties to these Presents in manner
following, that is to say: That the annual sum of Four Hundred and Sixty Pounds by way
of Rent Charge for the whole Parish of Barrow (subject to variations as in the said Act
provided and subject to the other provisions therein contained) shall be payable and paid
to the said John CLARK as Rector of the said Parish and Owner of all Tithes there of
and to his successors in stead of all the Tithes as well great as small of the Lands of the
said Parish subject to Tithes and of all Mod'uses and Conmpositions Real and
Prescriptive and customery payments payable in respect of such Lands or the Pruduce
In testimony whereof the said parties to these presents or their respective
agents, thereunton duly authorised in their Names and on their behalf, have to these
presents subscribed and set their respective Hands and Seals.
To the above Articles of Agreement containing a statement of all particulars required by
the said Act to be set forth or otherwise equisite for the purposes of the Agreement.
The whole Parish of Barrow contains by estimation Two Thousand seven hundred and
seventy four statute Acres of Land the hole of which is subject to the payment of Tithes
and whereof it is estimated that Two Thousand and Seventy four Statute Acres are
cultivated as Meadow or Pasture Lands and Seven hundred statute Acres as Arable
The Glebe consists of the site of the Rectory House Homestead and Garden only
but no Land.
There is not any Woodland or Common Land
There is not any Land wholly exempt from the payment of Tithes.
The undermentioned Moduses, Compositions, Prescriptions or Customery Payments
are payable instead of the undermentioned Tithes of the said Parish and the under-
mentioned Lands and Tithes are covered thereby respectively.
The sum of seven shillings, instead of the Tithe of Half, of a certain Farm and Lands
comprising One Hundred and Ffty six Statute acres now in occupation of
George OKELL, called the Barrow Hall Farm.
The sum of seven shillings and sixpence, instead of the Tithes of Hay of a certain Farm
and Lands comprising one hundred and eleven acres, one rood & eight perches,
statute measure, now in occupation of Thomas WILLIAMS, called Wildings Farm (now
Brook Farm, Hallowmoor Heath)
The total amount to which the Lands of the said Parish of Barrow are subject to the
payment of Tithes, assessed to the Relief of the Poor, is Two Thousand Four Hundred
Forth Four pounds nine shillings and a penny.
Now I Thomas BURGESS of Bradley Hall in the Township of Appleton in the County of
Cheshire, having been duly appointed to apportion the Total sum agreed to be paid by
way of Rent Charge, in lieu of Tithes, amongst the several Lands of the said Parish of
Barrow, do hereby apportion the Rent Charge as follows:-
Gross Rent Charge payable to the Tithe Owner, in lieu of Tithes for the Parish of Barrow
is Four Hundred and Sixty Pounds
Value of in imperial Bushels and Decimal Prts of an Imperial Bushel of Wheat, Barley &
Oats :- viz:
Price per Bushel Bushels & Decimal Parts
Wheat 7s.¼d. 436.79525
Barley 3s.11½d. 774.73684
Oats 2s.9d. 1115.15151
Note: The greater part of the Parish of Barrow belonged to the family of Savage, in 1784
these Lands passed, by marriage, to the family of Cholmondeley, until 1919, when the
Chalmondley Estates in Barrow were sold, mostly to their tenants.
The Chalmondley Estate Papers are now in the County Record Office & contain
a good deal of information about these leases in Barrow.
Note: Site names are added in [ ], and there is also some suggestions, from previous
occupiers, as to the origin of the field names.
Barrow tithe map schedule 1837
L A Muriel
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