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Introduction

This collection consists of 170 parchment rolls of diverse type (court-rolls, account-rolls, and others) from various manors, ranging in date from 1305 to 1770. The largest concentration of these rolls comes from the manor of Moulton in Cheshire. Other manors represented in large number are Odiham Hundred, Hampshire; Herstmonceaux, Sussex; Chartley, Staffordshire; and Onhouse, Suffolk. The rolls are grouped roughly by manor, but this arrangement is not adhered to consistently. A limited number of materials in this collection are not rolls, but single-sheet charters. One item (no. 130) is a map of the manor of Shelly, Suffolk.

The collection is briefly described by Seymour de Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, (p. 1041, no. 85, and p. 1042, no. 86). What de Ricci described as two separate collections is now combined into one single collection. The largest part of the manor rolls (de Ricci no. 85) was purchased by Professor William James Ashley from James Coleman, bookseller, of Tottenham in 1892 and 1893. The remainder (de Ricci no. 86) was acquired by gift of E.F. Gay in 1919. The provenance of this material is noted in de Ricci.

Before their acquisition by the Law School, the collections were designated MS. Lat 14 and MS. Lat 14.7. At some point–perhaps just after 1925 when they were transferred from the Harvard College Library to the Harvard Law School–the collections were combined. As a single collection, the manor rolls were formerly designated simply as MS. Lat 14 and contained in boxes numbered 85-86, labeled A-E. The arrangement of the materials into numbered and lettered boxes has been abandoned in favor of the original sequential numbering of the individual items.

Index to the Collection

No. 138
1 roll, 11 leaves
(1765)
Alford, Lincolnshire See Well and Alford
Beaurepaire, Hampshire Nos. 4950
2 rolls, 2 membranes
(1456, 1464)
Bettley, Staffordshire No. 126
1 roll, 1 membrane
(1460/61)
Bettley Molend, Staffordshire No. 126
1 roll, 1 membrane
(1460/61)
Biggemore (= Kingston Lacy?), Dorset? Nos. 122, 134
2 rolls, 2 membranes
(1420/21, 1493-1494)
Bishop’s Clyst, Devon Nos. 5758, 59B
3 rolls, 4 membranes
(1469/70-70/71, 1476/77-77/78, 1539, 1546)
Brampton No. 143
1 roll, 1 membrane
(1544)
Brobury, Herefordshire No. 151
leaf from ledger (n.d.)
Bromsberrow, Gloucestershire Nos. 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56
6 rolls, 7 membranes
(1381-82, 1390-91, 1463/64, 1472-1473)
Buckinghamshire, Duchy No. 161
1 roll, 4 membranes
(Eliz I)
Chartley, Staffordshire Nos. 144, 146, 14950, 152, 15657, 15960
9 rolls, 14 membranes
(1282-83, 1285, 1286/87-88, 1383/84-85/86, 1415/16-18/19)
Chigwell, Essex
Clyste Satcheffield Devon No. 60
1 roll, 1 membrane
(1577/78)
Coton, Northamptonshire Nos. 136, 142
2 rolls, 2 membranes
(1361-62, 1368-69)
Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire Nos. 61, 165, 169
3 rolls, 5 membranes
(1512, 1515/16, 1618)
Halloughton, Nottinghamshire Nos. 6364
2 rolls, 4 membranes
(1540, 1596, 1608)
Herstmonceaux, Sussex Nos. 62, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
17 rolls, 17 membranes
(1330, 1337, 1378-1381, 1386, 1388-89, 1391-92, 1587-88)
Illestre Parish, Herefordshire No. 133
1 roll, 1 membrane
(1549)
Kingston Lacy, Dorset Nos. 82, 83, 84, 85
4 rolls, 9 membranes
(1430/31, 1450-51, 1508-09)
Littleton Pannel, Wiltshire Nos. 145, 14748, 15455, 158
6 rolls, 6 membranes
(1336/37, 1346/47, 1348/49, 1356/57-57/58, 1367/68, 1439-40/41)
Long Bennington, Lincolnshire Nos. 86, 87, 88
3 rolls, 4 membranes
(1477/788, 1483/84, 1551)
Mapstall, Warwickshire No. 135
1 roll, 1 membrane
(1520/21)
Moulton, Cheshire Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19(1), 19(2), 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 153
48 rolls, 85 membranes
(1305/6, 1312/13, 1343/44-44/45,1346/47, 1349/50-50/51, 1352/53-55/56, 1377/78, 1384/85, 1399, 1400/01-02/03, 1409/10, 1415/16, 1418, 1421, 1513/14-24, 1527-28, 1539-40, 1542-52, 1554-67, 1569-74, 1576, 1578-80, 1582-83, 1586, 1592, 1594, 1604-07, 1609-12)
Newbourn (Haspley Hall), Suffolk or Newburn, Northumberland Nos. 65, 66, 67
3 rolls, 4 membranes
(1517/18, 1529/30, 1546/47, 1565)
North Cadbury, Somerset No. 129
1 roll (1556/57)
Northstede, Kent No. 127 charter (1375)
Norton, Church of Gloucestershire See Bromsberrow
Odiham Hundred, Hampshire Nos. 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104
16 rolls, 22 membranes
(1383-1384, 1413-1414/15, 1600, 1690-91)
Onehouse, Suffolk Nos. 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113
9 rolls, 14 membranes
(1339-40, 1346-47, 1363, 1513/14, 1539/40-40/41, 1557/58-61, 1602, 1608/09, 1611/12-13/14)
Oxfordshire Great Roll No. 168
1 roll, 3 membranes (1770)
Portisham, Dorset No. 114
1 roll, 4 membranes (1549-1551)
Radnor Forset, Powys No. 132
1 roll, 4 membranes (1384-1385)
Sele, Kent No. 139 charter (1433)
Shelley (Shelly Park), Suffolk No. 130 scale map and survey (1615)
Solihull, Warwickshire Nos. 135, 140
2 rolls
(1397/98-1435/26, 1520/21)
Southwark Hospital No. 128 charter (1581)
Staneweye, Essex? No. 141
1 roll, 1 membrane (1423-24)
Stonemyne, Staffordshire No. 126
1 roll, 1 membrane (1460/61)
Sullington, Sussex Nos. 11516
2 rolls, 4 membranes
(1439, 1465-1466)
Tunstall, Staffordshire No. 126
1 roll, 1 membrane (1460/61)
Unidentified Nos. 131, 137
2 rolls (1428/29, n.d.)
Warickshire, misc. No. 135
1 roll, 1 membrane (1520/21)
Walpole, Norfolk Nos. 11718
2 rolls, 3 membranes
(1510/11, 1541/42-42/43)
Well and Alford, Lincolnshire Nos. 119, 120, 121
3 rolls, 3 membranes
(1414/15, 1569, 1661-62)
Wells, Lincolnshire See Well and Alford
Wenham, Suffolk Nos. 163, 16667
3 rolls, 14 membranes
(1622-24/25, 1628-39, 1646, 1650-51, 1662-63, 1667-71, 1674-82)
Westham, Sussex? No. 164
1 roll, 1 membrane (1655)
Wimborne, Dorset Nos. 123, 124, 125                                                                                                                                                       3 rolls, 5 membranes
(1384/85-85/86, 1486/87, 1497/98)
Witchford, Cambridgeshire No. 162
1 roll, 33 membranes
(1362, 1365-1378, 1415-19, 1421/22-22/23, 1447/48, 1530/31)
Yarpole, Herefordshire No. 170 charter (1666)