In 1662 lists of householders in all parishes were drawn up giving the numbers of hearths, and copies of these original returns were used as a basis for the subsequent collections on which the collectors made notes when necessary.
If a householder was sufficiently poor he would get exemption, in which case he was described as a pauper, and the term `paup' appears against his name.
Also, as might be expected, some householders took the precaution of bricking up unwanted fireplaces in order to evade the tax, and in these cases notes such as `2 stopt' or `walled up' appear. `Voyd' indicates that a house was unoccupied.
The following is the assessment of Michaelmas 1664 for Bere Regis, with the collector's notes given in brackets: