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National Archives Podcast Series

Hearth introduction:

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The latest Podcast from The National Archives was released 12th April 2013 and is an introduction to the Hearth Tax, its duration is 39 minutes and is read by Paul Carlyle who has worked at The National Archives for five years. He is part of the Medieval and Early Modern Team.

The National Archives description of the Podcast reads as follows:

The hearth tax was levied on householders in England and Wales between 1662 and 1689. Records of the assessments, returns and exemptions are a fruitful source for family, local and social historians, as they provide a remarkable insight into wealth, poverty, population, and literacy in the early modern period. This podcast looks at the records of this controversial and unpopular tax held at The National Archives.