Glebe Terriers

An account of the tithes for Warmington attached to a glebe terrier of October 14th 1701.

There belongs to the parsonage ten cow commons, a pasturage for one bull, five horse commons, & commons for one hundred four score and fifteen sheep, the old number, allowing thirty to a yardland, the tithe being rated at four yardland & a half though now it being found inconvenient to keep so great a number of sheep of late years the inhabitants have agreed to reduce the number of thirty sheep to sixteen for each yardland, so that the number varies as we judge most conduces to the common good. Only the tithe common, I think ought not to be stinted being settled as a Deodat in number six score & fifteen, though de facto the parsons have of late stinted these in an equal proportion with their neighbours.

As to the tithing we follow the method of the common law to the best of my knowledge all predial, personal and mixed tithes being paid in kind, without any pretence of a modus decimandi as well in this lordship as in that of Arlescote, where there is likewise no prescription nor modus pretended, as we know of, but the several parsons have time out of mind in both villages, taken all sorts of tithes in kind or let them to their best advantage, as they thought most agreeable to their several interests:

The chancel, as in most other rectories, is repaired by the parson, upon which account none can bury there without his licence, there is none that deny the payment of mortuaries, nor any contention about tithes, the whole parish to the best of my knowledge, following the directions of the common law without any variation, unless it be a variation that we begin to receive tithe milk the third of May, receive it no longer than the tenth of August. There is this encumbrance on the parsonage that every Christmas Day the incumbent pays a mark to the Lord of the Manor by the name of tenths, but how due and upon what account I cannot learn, but find it has been constantly paid by many of my predecessors & is still by me.

To be a little particular in our tithing, though it be only exactly as the laws direct, yet to remain  a guide to posterity if hereafter any contention should arise, we receive the tenth sheaf or shuck of all winter corn when tis bound up, the tenth cock of hay, barley, oats, pease, beans, vetches & all other grain when tis cockt up; we have lamb, pigs, calves, colts, when they can live of themselves of such food as the dams live upon, if under seven we count on to another year or take the tenth shilling they are sold for. We tithe apples, pears & all sorts of fruits at the tree root, of bees we have the tenth of the honey and wax, of underwood the tenth when cut and faggotted. Fisheries here are none, nor parks, nor anything liable to dispute, which is all that I think necessary to write in this terrier because all that I know material.

Witness my hand

Bernard Gilpin

Rector of Warmington

John Buckbe & Thomas Collins (Churchwardens)