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An historical overview to the Tithe War and Fascism in the 1930’s
In the early 1930’s, the Fascist movement was very strong in the Norfolk and Suffolk borderlands, particularly among non-conformist farmers, who recruited the BUF (British Union of Fascists) in their campaign against the Church of England’s demands for tithes. Tithes were taxes paid to the local church; people paid one tenth of everything they produced. By the 19th Century there was a great deal of resentment towards the
payments, particularly from non-Anglicans, who still had to support the church.
Famously, there were pitched battles between the police and uniformed BUF members outside Wortham rectory, which the fascists were picketing.