Record Series - 141  



Selected Rentals and Accounts of Medieval Hull 1293-1528

edited by Rosemary Horrox (1983)

 

Selected Rentals and Accounts of Medieval Hull 1293-1528 - Record Series 141The rentals and accounts in this volume illustrate the development of Hull from its acquisition by Edward I in 1293 to the early sixteenth century. They include all the surviving fee farm rentals from late twelfth century to the fifteenth centuries; two rentals of town property, the earliest (1465) and one example from the sixteenth century; and two chamberlains’ accounts rolls, including the first extant roll (1321-24).

From these documents the pattern of land ownership in Hull can be reconstructed from the time of the royal foundation to the years before the profound changes wrought by the Reformation. The difficulties experienced by the town after its projected expansion by Edward I are illustrated clearly.

The period covered by the volume also saw a dramatic increase in the range of activities undertaken by the town. In 1293 Hull was under the immediate control of royal bailiff; but by the mid-fifteenth century it was a county borough responsible for most of its own affairs, a change revealed by a comparison of the two edited account rolls. One result of this increased autonomy was the frequency with which the corporation was called upon to act as trustee for charitable endowments, the range of which is well represented here.

A general introduction discusses the topographical development of the town, drawing on other unpublished sources. The wealth of documentation available for medieval Hull makes it possible to evaluate how accurately different types of record present a picture of a medieval town. The edited texts are further amplified by extensive notes ad by a number of appendices summarising related material.