Nottingham by Professor John Beckett


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British Library

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Nottinghamshire Archives

Extract from the borough court roll for 1303-4.
Extract from the borough court roll for 1303-4.

We know a good deal about life in Nottingham during the middle ages thanks to the extraordinarily rich material in the unique series of borough court rolls covering much of the period 1303-1455.  From legal proceedings recorded in the court rolls we can learn of the wealthy merchants, the town’s markets and fairs (particularly Goose and Lenton Fairs), and its craftsmen, including weavers, fullers, dyers, tanners, potters, tilers, alabaster carvers, textile makers and metalworkers.

The archive office has the official borough records (CA) together with numerous other collections relating to the city. Other particularly interesting sources for Nottingham are


Nottingham University Manuscripts Department

Material relating to Nottingham can be found in many of the collections, including:


National Archives

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