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County Rates in England and Wales c1859

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(About 1859) - COUNTY RATES. – The annual accounts of the County Treasurers of England and Wales show that in the year ending at Michaelmas last the county and police rates produced £1,222,765, the allowance received from the Treasury amounted to £259,639, and there was £86,875 received on account of lunatics. The expenditure upon gaols and prosecutions amounted to £424,533, upon lunatic asylums to £145,734, and £28,722 on the maintenance of pauper lunatics, and upon county bridges £50,713. The clerks of the peace were paid £44,319, the coroners £53,230, inspectors of weights and measures £10,715, and county treasurers, £8,931. The county rate was assessed on £68,423,261; in 1858 the assessment was only £65,207,286. The rates varied in different counties from less than 2d. to more than 8d.


 

Table of County Rates in England and Wales c1859*
Assessed on £68,423,261
Source
Income (£)
 
Expenditure (£)
County and police rates
1,222,765
Costs
Totals
Allowance from Treasury
259,639
Received on account of lunatics
86,875
Gaols and Prosecutions
424,533
Lunatic asylums
145,734
Maintenance of pauper lunatics
28,722
County bridges
50,713
 
649,702
Wages
Clerks of the peace
44,319
Coroners
53,230
Inspectors of Weights and Measures
10,715
County Treasurers
8,931
 
117,195
Totals
1,569,279
766,897

*As is often typical, the data published in Victorian newspapers appears to be incomplete e.g. only providing details for some of the more interesting (or highest) items rather than the full data; and/or not explaining the data clearly. Nevertheless the information supplied in the newspaper article may be of some interest!