hearth money

noun

1
: peter's pence
2
: a 17th century English tax of two shillings on hearths in all houses paying the church and poor rates

called also chimney money

Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hearth money was in 1660

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“Hearth money.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth%20money. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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