WHO logo

WHO home page

WHO pages only
All the Web

This year's programme of WHO lectures

older news from the WHO 1
(before mid-2020)

older news from the WHO 2
(mid-2020 to end 2022)

older news from the WHO 3
(circa 2023)

WHO archive catalogue

the WHO's 'virtual museum'

YouTube videos about Wolds history

Local history articles

Burton on the Wolds




Six Hills

Walton on the Wolds

Willoughby on the Wolds


Wymeswold Airfield

Walton on the Wolds records

early C17th Wymeswold constable's accounts

Wymeswold census returns 1841 to 1901

Wymeswold parish registers 1560 onwards

Wymeswold marriage registers 1560 to 1916

Wymeswold Village Design Statement 2002

WHO publications available as free PDFs

The Wolds Historian 2004–2008

2000 Years of the Wolds

A walk Around Wymeswold

Wymeswold fieldwalking report 1993

In addition the WHO has digitised versions of:

  • George Farnham's unpublished MS of notes about Wymeswold medieval history (akin to a 1920s update of Nichols)
  • Enclosure Award and later maps plus assorted terriers held in the archive of Trinity College Cambridge
  • Marshall Brown's pharmaceutical journal 1869
  • Wymeswold school log books 1875–1982
  • Wymeswold Parochial Charities minutes 1880–1930
  • photographs taken by Philip Brown between 1890s and 1930s
  • Sidney Pell Potter's A History of Wymeswold 1915
  • Lily Brown's diary 1916
  • Church Council Minute Book for St Mary's, Wymeswold 1932–1955
  • WI survey of Wymeswold gravestones (St Mary's; Baptist chapel; Methodist chapel; 'The Quakers') 1981–2
  • Rempstone Steam Fair programme 1983
Email bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk to discuss access to these (e.g. via memory stick or ZIP file).

This website does not gather or store any visitor information.

The old tithe barn at Cotes

Joan and Peter Shaw

The picture reproduced below appeared in Spencer's Illustrated Leicester Almanack of 1871. The artist was a Mrs Meek and the caption is 'The Old Tithe Barn at Cotes'.

old tithe barn at Cotes

A tithe was originally a tenth and came to mean that portion of produce that medieval parishioners were obliged to set aside for the clergy and the parish. 'Great tithes', those from corn, hay and wood, belonged to the rector, who was often the prior or abbot of one of the large religious orders. The more modest 'small tithes' were divided between the vicar, the maintenance of the church building and the parish poor.

The entry for Cotes in White's 1863 Directory for Leicestershire and Rutland mentions 'a lofty stone barn built during the time of the Skipwiths and measuring 34 yards long by eleven yards wide'. The Skipwiths came to Cotes around 1580 and left after the Civil Wars of the 17th century.

If the barn was actually a tithe barn it is far more likely that it existed before the Dissolution of the monasteries began in 1536. Two monastic establishments with local connections that would have needed such a repository were the Gilbertine Priory of Bolington in Lincolnshire and the Cistercian Abbey of Garendon to the west of Loughborough. Bolington held the advowson of the church at Prestwold with the chapels of Cotes, Hoton and Burton and would have been entitled to the great tithes from those parishes. Garendon had large estates in and around Burton-on-the-Wolds and owned six acres of land at Cotes. It may not have had rights to local tithes but undoubtedly collected them from elsewhere.

From Mrs Meek's picture and a survey of the site, it seems probable that the barn stood close to Hoton Brook, between the ruins of Cotes Park House and Pigeon Lane (the road from Cotes to Stanford).

Originally published in the WHO Newsletter 2001.

Copyright the author

Next article

WHO home page