Until the early 19th century, Tithes, (in theory a tenth part of a person's income), went towards the upkeep of the incumbent of the Parish Church. Under the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836, tithes could be commuted to a rent charge and commissioners were appointed to negotiate fair land values with the inhabitants.
In villages like Denbury where the tithes were commuted, a survey of the land was carried out and a large-scale, detailed plan was drawn up showing every house and area of land. Each plot was individually numbered.
The Tithe Map (coming soon to a web site near you) and its accompanying Apportionments give an interesting picture of land use, occupation and ownership - a snapshot of Denbury society in 1839. In them you will find:
Landowners' names Occupiers' names Plot No. referring to plan Name and description of Land and Premises State of cultivation Quantities in Statute Measures (Area) Amount of Rent-Charge apportioned on the several Lands and payable to the Rector
You can download the Apportionments in a choice of formats. See below and choose your flavour.