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The hearth tax was introduced in 1662 under Charles II, and as its name suggests was a tax on the number of hearths in a house. Sometimes you may find it referred to as the “chimney tax”. It was intended to be a simple way of generating enough money to support the recently-reintroduced royal household, and like pretty much every tax in history was wildly unpopular.

The tax was repealed in 1689, but as far as we’re concerned its records, many of which are now held in the National Archives at Kew, are another way of working out who owned what in the township of Brymbo, about fifty years after the survey mentioned in my previous post. Luckily several sets of records from Denbighshire, mostly collectors’ books, have survived the passage of time, and two in particular – documents E179/264/300 and E179/264/35 – include sections for Brymbo.

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