Court of First Fruits and Tenths

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The profits of a benefice during the first year after the death or resignation of an incumbent, originally made to the See of Rome, were confiscated by Henry VIII in 1523, together with a payment equal to one‐tenth of the value of each benefice (see Valor Ecclesiasticus). A new court to administer this revenue was set up in 1541, but was abolished in 1553 upon the accession of Mary Tudor (see Queen Anne's bounty). The records of the court are kept at The National Archives in E 331–47.

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