Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society News     


A New Publication in the Wakefield Court Rolls Series

WCR vol 18The latest volume in this highly-regarded and long-running series has now been published. Volume 18 is an edition of the manorial court roll for 1658-9, edited by David Asquith. It will be mailed to subscribers in early December, but the volume is available for anyone to purchase at the non-subscriber’s price of £20 plus postage and packing. Go to the on-line shop for further details.

The manor of Wakefield was highly unusual. It was exceptionally large, covering about a hundred square miles across a central swathe of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It also has a exceptional accumulation of court rolls dating from 1274, and virtually continuous from 1322 to the end of copyhold tenure in 1925.

The society has been engaged on published editions of its records since the early twentieth century, and these now comprise the largest series of editions of manorial records in the UK. In 2011, UNESCO recognised the great importance of the Wakefield manorial court rolls by adding them to its UK register of the Memory of the World.

The next scheduled volume in the series is an edition of the manorial court roll for 1781-2 which will be published in 2017, the fortieth anniversary years of the publication of the first volume.