Lidlinch (Lydlinch)


Hearth Tax Assessments 1662–1664


Extracted by Tony Higgins

 The Hearth Tax was an attempt to tax people according to their wealth, working on the principle that the wealthier they were the more hearth’s they would have in their home. The tax and variants were in existence for several decades but records for this parish only exist for 1662 and 1664. It was often found that people had stopped up hearths after the first taxation in order to reduce their tax

 “The document here published is the Hearth Tax Assessment for Dorset ...... for Michaelmas 1664; it is based on and embodies the earlier assessment for 1662.”


Mr Melchisadeck Waltham, Rector 5

Nicholas Fill 8

Nicholas Rummon 5

Richard Rummon 6

Edward Rummon 3, 1 demoleshd (sic)

John Kerflie 3

Alexandr Gaffe 2

John Arne 1

Eliza: Gillingham 3

William Moore 1

Emm Snooke, widd. 1

William Snooke 2

Richard Michell

Thomas Snooke 2, 1 false ret:

John Snooke 4

Willm’ Kerslye 2

James Carter 1

John Devole 2, 1 false ret:

Elizabeth Martyn 3, 2 false ret:

George Frampton 3

Samuell Vuedale 1

Henry Frost 1

Roger Coffyn 3

Richard Applyn 5

Henry Young 3

John Lambert 1

Samuell Eyres 1

Henry Myles 1, Paup’

William Myles 1, Paup’

Robert Myles 3

Willm’ Turner 2

Nicholas Short 2

Thomas Kiddle 1

Wm Rumman 4

Nicholas Corbyn 1

Joseph Hopps 2

Richard Baly junr’ 1 demoleshd

John Baly 1

Willm’ Chaunt 1

Rose Clarke widd’ 1

John Devole junr’ 1, Paup’

Nicholas Byles 2

Leonard Trim 2, Paup’






Protestation Returns 1641

Transcribed from original returns on microfilm by Tony Higgins.

(Note: Ornate letters and unusual spellings introduce uncertainties.) 

The English Revolution (1640-60) began in November 1640 when Charles 1st. summoned Parliament to help him out of a financial crisis. Charles was very unpopular and was forced to agree to radical reforms which gave Parliament a more prominent roll in the constitution.

The political crisis escalated and the "Long Parliament" split into two opposing parties in the Autumn of 1641, forming the King's party of Royalists (Cavaliers) and the Parliamentarians (Roundheads), who demanded further political and religious reforms. The events of 1640/41 led to the Civil War which began in August 1642.

It was agreed and ordered on the 3rd May 1641, that every Member of the House of Commons should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty), which the House of Lords also agreed to the following day.

The Commons ordered the printing of the protestation and preamble on the 5th May 1641 and this was distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The protestation itself reads:-

I,-------- do, in the presence of Almighty God, promise, vow, and protest to maintain, and defend as farr as lawfully I maye, with my Life, Power and Estate, the true Reformed Protestant religion, expressed in the Doctrine of the Church of England, against all Popery and Popish Innovations, within this Realme, contrary to the same Doctrine, and according to the duty of my Allegiance, His Majesties Royal Person, Honour and Estate, as alsoe the Power and Privileges of Parliament, the lawful Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, and any person that maketh this Protestation, in whatsoever he shall do in the lawful Pursuance of the same; and to my power, and as farr as lawfully I may, I will appose and by all good Ways and Means endeavour to bring to condign Punishment all such as shall, either by Force, Practice, Councels, Plots, Conspiracies, or otherwise, doe any Thing to the contrary of any Thing in this present Protestation contained: and further, that I shall, in all just and honourable ways, endeavour to preserve the Union and Peace betwixt the Three Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland: and neither for Hope, Feare, nor other Respect, shell relinquish this Promise, Vow and Protestation


(Note: Ornate letters and unusual spellings introduce uncertainties.)

Mel: Waltham

Joh: Williams Sen

Joh: Williams jun

Rob: Owen

John: Hunt

Richard: Claver

John: Hodder

Will: Romayne Sen:

Will: Romayne jun:

Nivh: Fill Sen:

John Lambert Sen:

Thomas Kiddle

Will Gawtrill

Rob: Fill

Rich: Yong

John: Vowles

Will: Clavir

John Rose

Nich: Gillingham Sen:

Rich: Chaffy

Nich: Fill jun:

Thomas Clerke

John Megg

Nich: Gillingham jun:

Still:(?) ffhazard(?)

John Reasly

Will: Romaine de ffaydon

Henry Reasly

Henry ffrost

Will: Miles ju:

Jam: Pope

John: Wiat

George: Carter

Humphry: Rose

Francis: Davis

George: Framton Se:

William: Glaver ju:

John: fframton

Nich: Caddy

Joseph: Hope

James: Carter

George: Framton ju

Richard: Romaine

John: Caddy

Bartholo: Romaine

Martin: Deare

John: Snooke

Tho: Caddy

John: Stamer

Robert: Pope

Edmond: Romaine

John: Hine(?)

Nick: Corbin

Sam: Eyres

George: Martin

John: Fill

Will: Miles Se.

Will: Gavehouse

Nick: Biles

John: Riddell

Will: Hollway

Tim: Hopp

Robert: Miles

Leonard Trim

Tho: Carter

John: Carter

Richard Gillingham

Will: Romaine ju:

Will: Turner

George: Hankins


Mell: Waltham – Rector

Will: Gillinghame – Church Warden

John: Lambert – Church Warden

Will: Bayly – Overseer

John: Caddy – Overseer

Will: Snooke – Overseer