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Electoral Reform - Thoralby

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Prior to the Great Reform Act, voting was dependent on three criteria – sex, age and property. Only men over the age of 21 were allowed to vote – and only if they owned property over a certain value. It was essentially a way of making voting a rich man’s privilege, reinforced by small boroughs having more MPs than larger counties, which were predominantly inhabited by poorer workers.

1798 Land Tax


This is a Land Tax Assessment carried out in 1798 on land with a value of 20 shillings or more; land valued less than 20 shillings was exempt.

COUNTY of York N.R. PARISH of Thoralby p.150

An Assessment made in Pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed in the 38th Year of His Majesty's Reign, for granting an Aid to his Majesty by a Land Tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the Service of the Year 1798.

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