TitleLand Valuation 'Domesday Books' for South Yorkshire, compiled under the Finance (1909-1910) Act
AdminHistoryIn the early 20th century much of the land in Great Britain was owned by a small minority. Many considered this a social injustice, particularly as land often increased in value even though the owner had made no capital outlay. The 1909 budget - enacted as the Finance (1909-1910) Act 1910 - introduced a number of measures to ensure landowners paid back any increase in land value that was attributable to expenditure by the government, for example: the provision of improved roads, drainage and other public services.

The 1910 Act initiated a number of taxes on land, the principal one being increment value duty. This was to be levied on the increase in the value of land between its initial valuation and its subsequent sale or transfer, or on the death of the owner. In order to establish baseline valuations, the Act provided for a valuation to be made of all the land in the United Kingdom as at 30 Apr 1909 - an exercise described as the 'New Domesday' survey.

The survey was carried out by the Valuation Office of the Board of Inland Revenue. England and Wales were divided into valuation divisions, which were subdivided into valuation districts. Within each valuation district, a number of income tax parishes were created: these were the basic units for the Valuation Office survey.

The original valuation was completed in the autumn of 1915. The assessment of the site value on subsequent occasions was a recurring operation which formed part of the normal functions of the Valuation Office until increment value duty was repealed by the 1920 Finance Act.

The Finance (1909-1910) Act resulted in the comprehensive mapping and valuation of the country. This resulted in the creation of several classes of records:

1. Plans

Each unit of property was assigned an assessment number (sometimes called a hereditament number) and plans based on the Ordnance Survey sheet maps were drawn up as the chief means of reference to the other records created in the course of the valuation. Two sets of plans were created: the working plans used in the course of the original valuation and the record plans made after that valuation was completed. The working plans which have survived are in the custody of local record offices. Sheffield Archives holds various working plans (see X399 and MD7448). The working plans for Doncaster are at the Doncaster District Valuation Office. The record plans are held at The National Archives (Valuation Office: Record Sheet Plans: Yorkshire region, IR134).

2. Books

Two sets of books were created: 'Domesday' Books and Field Books. As a first step towards the systematic valuation required by the 1910 Act, copies of the Income Tax Schedule A Registers kept by inspectors of taxes were made available to district valuers (income tax schedule A being payable on income from the ownership of lands, tenements, hereditaments or heritages in the United Kingdom). These copies were produced in the form of bound volumes which became known as Domesday Books. Those which survive are in the custody of local record offices. Domesday Books covering Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster are at Sheffield Archives.

The second set of books compiled after the survey was completed, were small bound volumes called Field Books. These are at The National Archives (Valuation Office: Field Books, IR58). The amount of information entered into the Field Books varies but usually includes: the names of owner and occupier; the owner's interest (freehold, copyhold etc.); details of tenancy (term and rent); and the area covered by the property. Other details recorded may include the date of erection, number of rooms, state of repair, liability for rates, insurance and repairs, date(s) of previous sale(s) and, sometimes, a sketched plan of the property. Figures entered for the purpose of valuation normally include the market value of fee simple of the whole property and the market value of the site divested of structures, timber and plants.

3. Forms

Various forms were created by the Valuation Office in the course of the survey. Only Form 37s have been retained. This was a form on which were entered certain details extracted from the Field Books and of which a copy was given to the owner of the property to which it related. Sets of Form 37s which have survived are in the custody of local record offices. Form 37s for Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster are at Sheffield Archives.

The Valuation Districts created by the Finance (1909-1910) Act for South Yorkshire are as follows:

Sheffield District:
Bradfield, Ecclesall A, Ecclesall B, Ecclesall C, Ecclesall D, Ecclesfield, Handsworth, Hunshelf, Sheffield A, Sheffield B, Sheffield C, Sheffield D, Sheffield E and Tinsley.

Derbyshire District:
Beauchief, Beighton, Birley, Bradway, Dore, Gleadless, Greenhill, Hackenthorpe, Halfway, Hathersage, Hemsworth, Holbrook, Mosborough, Norton, Ridgeway, Ringinglow and Totley.

Barnsley District:
Adwick on Dearne, Ardsley and Monk Bretton, Barnsley, Barugh, Billingley, Bolton on Dearne, Brierley, Carlton, Cawthorne, Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dodworth, Dunford, Fulstone, Goldthorpe, Great Houghton, Gunthwaite, High Hoyland, Hoyland Nether, Hoylandswaine, Hunshelf, Ingbirchworth, Kexbrough, Langsett, Little Houghton, Mexborough, Oxspring, Penistone, Royston, Silkstone, Stainborough, Tankersley, Thorne, Thurgoland, Thurlstone, Thurnscoe, Wombwell, Worsbrough and Wortley.

Doncaster District:
Adwick le Street, Armthorpe, Askern, Auckley, Austerfield, Balby with Hexthorpe, Barnburgh, Barnby Dun, Bawtry, Bentley with Arksey, Bilham, Blaxton, Braithwell, Brodsworth, Burghwallis, Cadeby, Campsall, Cantley, Carrhouse and Elmfield, Clayton cum Frickley, Conisbrough, Denaby, Doncaster, Edlington, Fenwick, Finningley, Fishlake, Hamphall Stubbs, Hampole, Hatfield, Hickleton, Hooton Pagnall, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, Loversall, Marr, Moss, Norton, Owston, Rossington, Skelbrooke, Skellow, Sprotbrough, Stainforth, Stainton, Sutton, Thorpe in Balne, Tickhill, Wadworth, Warmsworth and Wheatley.

Rotherham District:
Anston, Aston-cum-Aughton, Braithwell, Brampton Bierlow, Brampton-en-le-Morthen, Brinsworth, Dalton, Dinnington, Harthill, Hooton Roberts, Rawmarsh, Swinton, Thorpe Salvin, Wales, Wath on Dearne, Wentworth and West Melton.
DescriptionCovering areas within the Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster districts.

The Land Valuation books give the following information:

1. An assessment number (which was marked on a corresponding plan to denote the extent of the property)
2. Name of occupier or tenant
3. Name of property owner
4. Description of property (whether an inn, shop or house etc.)
5. Street name or place and house number
6. Property value (including deductions, value of agricultural land for agricultural purposes etc.)

In the absence of a comprehensive set of plans, it is recommended that the correct Form 37 is identified from the catalogue (SY385) which will give the relevant assessment number (or one close by). This number can then be used to identify which volume is needed (SY384).
Date1910 - 1913
Extent187 items
RelatedMaterialAt Sheffield Archives:
Land Valuation Tax working plans, Sheffield (X399, MD8024)
Land Valuation Tax working plans, South Yorkshire (MD7448)
Land Valuation Tax Form 37s (SY385)

At The National Archives:
Field Books (Board of Inland Revenue: Valuation Office: Finance Act 1910, Field Books, IR58)
Record Sheet Plans (Board of Inland Revenue: Valuation Office: Finance Act 1910, Record Sheet Plans: Yorkshire region, IR34)

At Doncaster District Valuation Office:
Land Valuation Tax plans, Doncaster
CustodialHistoryOn the abolition of South Yorkshire County Council on 31 March 1986, these records passed from South Yorkshire County Record Office (SYCRO) to the custody of Sheffield Archives. This collection forms part of the County Collections, administered by Sheffield on behalf of the four South Yorkshire councils.
ArchNoteCatalogue prepared by Cheryl Bailey, May 2010.
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