church rate


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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First Known Use of church rate

1667, in the meaning defined above

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