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A New Volume in the Wakefield Court Rolls Series

Wakefield Court Roll Volume 17 1436-7The newly-published Volume 17 is an edition of the manorial court roll for 1436-7. The YAS’s Wakefield series is by far the longest- running edition of manorial records series ever published. It was established by the YAS forty years ago, to make as much as possible of this remarkable archive easily available to readers.

To commemorate this anniversary, the story of how the YAS came to own this remarkable archive, and how the society has promoted it from 1898 to the present is the subject of an essay in the new volume.

The manor of Wakefield was one of the largest in the country: over 100 square miles, compared to an typical size of only 6, and its records span a remarkable eight centuries, from 1274 to 1925. Their national importance was acknowledged in 2011 when the archive was inscribed on the UK register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World.

The series has published court rolls from all periods, from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century. There are four more volumes currently in progress, the work of our international network of scholars. The next volume, to appear later this year, is the court roll for 1658-9.

Individual volumes cost £20. You can subscribe to the series for £9 in the UK and, because of the alarming cost of postage, £13 if you live abroad. Volumes are published every other year.