Canterbury 1641 Poll Tax

Image of part of an ancient map of Canterbury


Date: Updated 2024

Professor Jackie Eales, Dr Stephen Rowlstone, Dr Val Newill, Mary-Jane Pamphilion.

Funding Information

Supported by Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Archaeological Society, the John Hayes Trust, the William Urry Memorial Trust, and Mrs Peggy Hayes.

The 1641 poll tax return for Canterbury is one of the few to survive for the whole of England from this relatively unknown poll tax.

The return survives in the form of a rolled document showing the name of the heads of households in the city. Information is also given about how much tax was paid and about other adult members of the household, including numbers of servants and children. A total of 1,332 households are clearly listed. The information for another dozen or so households is now illegible... Read more »