The Rent House

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The huge estates surrounding great houses, such as Adare Manor, would have been divided into farms and leased out to tenant farmers, who worked the land for their own sustenance and paid a rent to the landlord.

Rent was generally collected twice a year on “Gale Days” in May and November until 1838 when a new law established a fixed rent charge, estate rents were paid as “tithes” or a portion of the year’s produce.

Rent Houses like this. on the grounds of Adare Manor, were a convenient place for a landlord or agent to collect and process rent payments from the tenant farmers.

Note: A “Gale Day” is defined as the day on which rent or interest is due.

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