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Land Valuation Book - Click for bigger imageThis page from the 1910 Land Valuation book identifies particular properties in Morpeth. Entry 984 relates to the Queens Head Hotel, 6 Bridge Street. The occupier is identified as George Blair and the owners as Thomas and Edward Hopper. The gross annual value of the property is 250 [approximately 10,500 at today's value] while the rateable value is 212.10s [approximately 8,925 at today's value].The 1910 Finance Act introduced a new form of taxation on property in England and Wales. The value of many properties had increased because of the introduction of new public amenities such as road or drainage systems. In such cases the property owner was to be taxed on any profit made as the result of selling that property. The tax was short-lived - it was withdrawn in 1920. By this time the Inland Revenue had assessed all properties in England and Wales. Some of the records relating to this valuation are held at the Public Record Office However, valuation books and maps which were prepared as part of the valuation process are held in County Record Offices. These comprise large scale Ordnance Survey maps and accompanying volumes that record basic details re. each property. The maps and volumes relating to many properties in Northumberland are held by Northumberland Archives Service.