Wakefield Courts Rolls free online

The news that volumes 1-15 of the Wakefield Court Rolls have been digitised and are now available free online has been greeted with enthusiasm. To access them see here

YAHS has been publishing editions of the Wakefield manorial court rolls for over a century, and has owned the Wakefield manorial archive since 1944. The court rolls from 1274-1331, issued in five volumes in the society’s Record Series between 1901 and 1945, were republished by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

A committee of the society was established in 1975 to relaunch the publication of the Wakefield court rolls and the series has now produced 19 volumes over forty years. A new volume is published every two years – volume 19 appeared in 2017. If you’d like to support the WCR series as a subscriber, it’s only £9 a year if you are in the UK – see the YAHS website.

Fifty-one Wakefield court rolls have now been edited, spanning a wide range of years from a period of more than six hundred years from the late 13th to the early 19th century. It is the longest-running series of its kind ever to be published.