Finding my house on a Matlock tithe map

Tithe map of Matlock, showing my house

Tithe map of Matlock, showing my house

As a student on work experience at the county record office I always wanted to find my house on a map to see if it was there or not. Therefore I decided to look for it on an 1848 tithe map. After a short while I concluded that this was my house (see map on left). The reason why I knew that my house would be on a map like this was because the previous home owners told us that the house dated back as early as the seventeenth century.

Tithe map2

The map was really exciting because it was evidence that the house was there at that time and it backed up what the previous home owners said. After that I found my house on the tithe award showing the plot number (394) and the home owners who owned it. In 1848 George Keeling was the occupant of the house with a court, privy, road and garden! 167 years from then the house is still occupied (and standing!).

Alex Jackson

2 thoughts on “Finding my house on a Matlock tithe map

  1. Fascinating!! Is this church street? I am moving to there in January and have been informed the original part of the building was 1660, I would love to find this on a map.

    • Hi Matt, I’m not too sure about the above images covering Church Street as they have lost a lot of the context. However, the full map certainly does cover Church Street, and we have a few other maps that do as well, in particular the Ordnance Survey maps. Unfortunately, there aren’t any maps of Matlock for the 17th century (it is quite unusual to find maps as early as this so Matlock is typical really). The earliest map we have covering most of Matlock is the enclosure map, dated 1759. It is created in several sections and doesn’t actually cover every part of the parish, and I’m afraid I can’t recall of the top of my head whether it covers Church Street – probably still worth a look though.

      Both the tithe and enclosure maps come with awards that give information such as owner and occupier at that particular time. There is a series of maps about 1910 that do the same. If you do want to come and look at any of these, or any other information about the area, you are very welcome to visit the Record Office to consult the original documents. We are open Tuesdays-Fridays 9.30am-5pm and the last Saturday of the month 9.30am-4pm. If you ring ahead we can have some items waiting for you, but you can just turn up and we can arrange to retrieve the items from our stores while you wait (but this can take a bit of time so booking in advance is usually better).

      For more information about visiting us and how to register, please see

      Good luck with the move!

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