Church rate

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a tax levied on parishioners for the maintenance of the church and its services.

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At this point one of the town's 'elder statesmen', John Sutcliffe JP, who had proposed the church rate but stood for tolerance in religious affairs, tried to break the deadlock.
Their outrageous individuality must have intrigued Holder, whose home village was described in Noake's Victorian Worcestershire Guide as having "no dissenters' chapel, no church rate distur-bancesno Fenianism or agitation of any sort.
We have two sources of revenue to help us to meet the everyday expenses of our churches: one of them is the weekly offerings, and the other is the church rate, which is 0.
His possessions were seized by bailiffs over his deliberate non-payment of the hated church rate.
When these were abolished in 1868, the legislation made church rate demands unenforceable.
Although church rate reform rarely makes an appearance in the great narratives of high Victorian politics, it was one of the most contentious issues of the century.
Poll taxes were thrown back in the face of both Richard II and Margaret Thatcher, and the 19th century is full of passive resistance to church rates and war taxes.
Foster, chairmen of the Liberation Society's parliamentary committee, found difficulty in denying before a select committee of the House of Lords that the campaign for the abolition of church rates was but a step on the road to the disestablishment of the Church of England, and their evasive replies provided welcome ammunition for the defenders of church rates.
Nineteenth-century Nonconformists certainly had grievances--from church rates to exclusion from the universities to denial of access to consecrated burial grounds.
They paid any number of poor levies, as well as church rates and county rates and Street Act rates.
The burning issue of church rates, paid by all regardless of denomination, surfaced in his mind.
In his address Sir Robert promised his electors plenty of enquiries - into local government, civil marriages, church rates, the civil list, the Church of Ireland and the Church of England - but little in the way of specific policies.