The website The Genealogist has a series of printed books which list landowners by county. Each county book has a heading with the name of the county, followed by the Population in 1871, number of Inhabited Houses, and the Number of Parishes.
The landowner information is laid out in tables with these headers:
- Name of Owner
- Address of Owner
- Extent of Lands
- Gross Estimated Rental
I am guessing that the figures for the Population, the number of Inhabited Houses, and the Number of Parishes come from the statistics generated when the 1871 Census record was taken, and that the information in the tables come from rate books such as the ones found in the Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books 1598- 1933 on Find My Past.
What I'd like to know is the provenance of these printed landowner books. I've looked all over The Genealogist and I don't see an answer in their research guides. The sequences for the individual county books don't seem to include any front matter (title pages, publication information, or lists of abbreviations found in the books).
Gross Estimated Rental is expressed in £. s. which seems clear enough (pounds and shillings). The Extent of Land is marked A. R. P. -- is this Acre, Rood, Perch as seen on this Conversion Chart and Calculator?
Were these books for England and Wales published by the Office of National Statistics or one of the agencies that came before it? I'd like to know so I can write a proper citation, and be sure I'm reading the entries correctly.
It would also be useful to know which years these books were published, so I could look for copies at other repositories. This is the kind of book which is ridiculously simple to look for if you know the title of the report, but if you don't already know, searching for the likely keywords yields too many results.
Update: according to the featured article at The Genealogist What Land Did My Ancestor Own or Occupy?, speaking about the Tithe apportionment, it says (emphasis mine):
The apportionment gives us the measurement in acres, roods and perches and the value of the tithe payable to the Rector. Infuriatingly, the size of these units of measurement could vary according to the locality that they were applied.