Church rate

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

See also: Church

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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 0.5% of one's income.
His possessions were seized by bailiffs over his deliberate non-payment of the hated church rate. He was the first ever chairman of Denbighshire County Council.
It is headed 'Formal notice of church rate due' ...
Ellens, Religious Routes to Gladstonian Liberalism: The Church Rate Conflict in England and Wales, 1832-1868 (University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994).
Between 1834 and 1868 members of the British House of Commons confronted forty-nine attempts to repeal or amend the law on church rates. 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.
Bronte seems to have sympathised with some of the grievances of the Dissenters, particularly over church rate, but whereas the Methodists sought redress for specific injustices, the Baptists would be content with nothing less than the disestablishment of the Church of England.
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.