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Early taxation records in the Golden Valley
The Taxatio Ecclesiastica AngliƦ et WalliƦ, Auctoritate P. Nicholai IV, circa AD 1291, or Pope Nicholas IVth's Taxation, is a most important document as it set out and regulated the national taxation framework, both for the popes and the monarchs, up until the secession of the Church of England under Henry VIII. It was published, as an important public record, by George III's government in 1800. In this article, Steve Edwards draws attention to the records relating to the Golden Valley, and in particular the first confirmed written reference to the name "Fowchiriche" [Vowchurch].