Tithes originally were an annual payment of a tenth on one's income
paid to the church as a tax usually in 'kind'. (wool, milk, honey etc).
Later there was a substitution of money payments for payments in 'kind'.
At the dissolution of the monasteries, many of the tithes passed into
the hands of laymen who became the new owners of the church land and
its accompanying tithes. There were endless disputes between the tithe
owners and tithe payers and between clergy and parishioners. Many non-conformists
including Catholics objected to supporting the established church