The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14
The Underassessment of Mansions, &c
The Underassessment of Mansions, &c.
|Floors (Duke of Roxburgh)||£350|
|Drumlanrig (Duke of Buccleuch), including the gardens and pleasure grounds||300|
|Taymouth (Marquis of Breadalbane)||300|
|Culzean (Marquis of Ailsa)||150|
There are many single offices, shops, and warehouses in Liverpool, Manchester, and London where the assessment to poor's rate is higher than all these four castles put together. But then traders and merchants are "different," we suppose.
Lord Derby, at Knowsley Park, pays for 2,621 acres on an assessment of £4,782. On two farms in the neighbourhood, one of 50 the other of 38 acres, the rating is 53s. per acre. If Knowsley were assessed at the same rate, Lord Derby's local taxes would be £7,000 instead of £4,782. We see here that farmers are "different" too.
|Hatfield (Marquis of Salisbury)||@||£900||£33||15||0|
|Woburn (Duke of Bedford)||@||700||26||5||0|
|Chatsworth (Duke of Devonshire)||@||1,500||56||3||0|
|Blenheim (Duke of Marlborough), which cost a quarter of a million to build, and is said to require £100,000 income to maintain in proper style||@||460||16||17||6|
There are four piles of Insurance Offices known to us whore the sum totals of assessment and duty exceed these four greatest English noblemen's palaces. It is evident, then, that Insurance Companies are " different."
When the Union Assessment Committee of Nantwich recently advanced the Crewe Assessment of the London and North Western Railway Co. £40,000 at a stroke, it was given in evidence that Crewe Hall and gardens (Lord Crewe) were on the rate-book for the small amount of £500, but were worth £1,500; whilst Peckforton (Lord Tollemache), and Cholmondeley (Marquis of Cholmondeley) were also both considerably under assessed. It is here evident that Railway Companies are "different."
Excise Officer.—"I see that Mr. B. is not assessed for either a horse or a carriage, though you know that he keeps both."
Assessor (who is the principal butcher of the neighbourhood).—"Well, sir, you mustn't be hard on a poor man like me. Mr. B. is my best customer, and if I were to charge him after so many years ho has gone on without paying any tax, he would give all his custom to X. at once."