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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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The Incomes of the Clergy

The Incomes of the Clergy

(p.113) 5 The Incomes of the Clergy
The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

David Albert Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates evidence for the level of clergy incomes, and compares the results with evidence for the income-levels of other professional groups. Attention is paid to the evidence for the incomes of curates and ‘perpetual curates’. Initiatives to augment the endowments of benefices to increase the incomes of clergy are investigated and evaluated. The sources of clergy incomes are investigated: from fees, cultivating or letting glebe land and collecting tithes, and the difficulties that might be involved in collecting tithes. The very significant increase in incomes from glebe, and especially from tithes, over much of England and Wales from 1770 onwards as a result of agricultural improvements, is discussed.

Keywords:   tithe, glebe, fees, tithe-disputes, agricultural improvement, curates, professions

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