Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society News     


Wakefield Court Rolls Volume 18 is Now in Print

In 2011, the UK National Commission of UNESCO added the Wakefield manorial court rolls to its Register of the Memory of the World, in recognition of the major importance which these records possess for the history of this country.

Over the last four decades, the Wakefield Court Rolls series has come to be recognised, as being ‘in the vanguard of raising awareness of the richness of manorial court records’, in the words of Professor Angus Winchester in 2012. It is an achievement of which the YAS can justly feel proud.

Now nearing its fortieth anniversary the Wakefield Court Rolls Series remains highly active. Two volumes (numbers 16 and 17) have been published since 2011. Now a further instalment has appeared. Volume 18 is an edition of the court roll for 1658-9. Edited by David Asquith, it complements the earlier volume in the ‘Commonwealth’ period, for 1651-2, edited by Lilian Robinson, which was published as volume 8 in the series.

Besides it obvious importance for local history in the central swathe of the West Riding, the volume will also be of interest for anyone engaged in researching their family history, as the 1,700 personal names listed in the index shows.

Details of how to obtain a copy of the new book will be found in the YAS website in the Publication section. The website can also tell you how to buy any of the earlier volumes in the series, or how to become a subscriber.

The Wakefield manorial records have now been transferred, along with the other archives of the society and the library, to the special collections department of the University of Leeds Library, under our new partnership agreement. There they can now be consulted, as they have been at Claremont, by any member of the society and members of the public.