church rate

noun

Definition of church rate

: a rate upon the lands and houses in a parish in England or Ireland assessed on the occupiers for the maintenance of the church and its services compulsory by law until 1868 but now payable voluntarily or fixed at the request of the annual vestry meeting

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1667, in the meaning defined above

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