The court rolls of the two manors of Walsham le Willows provide detailed evidence of the workings of local administration and justice in the fourteenth century, and were themselves working documents designed to be accessible to all. As Ray Lock says of the documents edited in the first volume, 'they protected the interest of the ordinary man and woman as well as that of the lord of the manor.'
This second volume completes the transcription of all surviving court rolls for the fourteenth century manors of Walsham le Willows, covering the proceedings of ninety-nine courts after the Black Death had tragically reduced the local population. Serious difficulties still had to be overcome: for example, two successive reeves of Walsham manor were heavily fined for gross dereliction of duty, and in 1353 a large number of tenants refused to perform services for their lord. In general, however, these rolls give ample evidence of increased prosperity as land-holdings grew in size, and as the land and labour markets quickly stabilised.
RAY LOCK is a retired civil servant who has become immersed in the study of local history since his move to Suffolk. He edited the first volume of Walsham le Willows court rolls for the Suffolk Records Society (published in 1998), and has written on the local effects of the Black Death in the Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History.
RAY LOCK is a retired civil servant, who in 1965 was selected as first General Manager of the National Giro. In 1978 he retired and with his wife Jean moved to Suffolk, where both of them became immersed in the study of local history. His edition of the first volume of Walsham Court Rolls, published in 1998 is also available from Boydell & Brewer.
List of illustrations Foreword vii Introduction 1 Editorial Methods 00 THE COURT ROLLS Section 1 19 January 1351 and 22 June 1351 00 Section 2 July 1351 - November 1355 00 Section 3 September 1356 - December 1365 00 Section 4 January 1366 - May 1377 00 Section 5 September 1377 - May 1386 00 Section 6 June 1388 - February 1399 00 Appendix: Transcript of Letter from Sir William de Elmham 00 Glossary 000 Indexes Persons 000 Places 000 Subjects 000