Historical Persons
2-Apr-1796 Richard BLAKE Housekeeper
2-Apr-1796 Mary KEMM wife of Thos
26-Apr-1796 Broome WITTS Housekeeper
30-Apr-1796 James WELLS Housekeeper
30-Apr-1796 Robert WELLS Housekeeper

A tax on the use of Hair Powder was introduced by an Act of Parliament in 1795. Citizens who wore powdered wigs (or powdered their hair direct) had to obtain a certificate from the local Justices of the Peace to confirm that they had paid the annual tax of one guinea [ £1 1s 0d, or £1.05 in modern money ].

This transcription is made from the records of the Clerks of the Peace held at the Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office.