Wakefield Court Rolls Series

The Wakefield court rolls are one of the treasures of our archive collections and have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. 

The manor of Wakefield was of exceptional size, covering 150 square miles in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It included lowland arable land in and around Wakefield itself, and less prosperous upland areas in the Holme and Calder valleys. The manorial records in YAHS's archives collection cover land transactions and court proceedings from the late thirteenth century to the 1920s. They are truly exceptional.

Parts of the court rolls have been transcribed and published, starting in 1891. Several rolls were published in the YAHS Record Series, between 1901 and 1945. These are now available as Cambridge University Press reprints

In 1974 the Society launched a new Wakefield Court Rolls series. The rolls are translated from Latin to English, and their contents summarised in calendar form rather than a word-for-word transcription.  With an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics, they are thus a valuable source for all researchers, including local and family historians.

Nineteen volumes have been published since 1977. Those in print can be bought through the Society's bookseller Jeremy Mills.

Early volumes have been digitised and are available online.

The WCR series general editor, Dr Brian Barber, provides background on the Wakefield court rolls, the archive and publications, in a  downloadable document. New volumes continue to be published, approximately every two years.

Support the Wakefield Court Rolls project

New volumes continue to be published, approximately every two years.

  • If you are interested in editing a Court Roll for publication please contact the General Editor.
  • Regular subscriptions are essential and most welcome to support continued publication. 

Wakefield Court Rolls 1331-3 (1983)

ISBN13  9780902122383

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1583-5 (1984)

ISBN13  9780902122444

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1664-5 (1986)

ISBN13  9780902122512

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1350-2 (1987)

ISBN13  9780902122529

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1550-2 (1989)

ISBN13  9780902122550

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1651-2 (1991)

ISBN13  9780902122604

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1537-40 (1993)

ISBN13  9780902122659

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually complete. The exceptional importance of these archives was recognised in 2011 when they were enrolled on the Memory of the World Register maintained by UNESCO. Each volume has an explanatory introduction and an index of persons, places and other topics. They are thus a valuable source for local and family historians as well as for academic research.


Wakefield Court Rolls 1608-9 (1996)

ISBN13  9780902122800

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1687-8 (2002)

ISBN13  978190356400X

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1688-9 (2004)

ISBN13  9781903564356

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1433-6 (2011)

ISBN13  9781903564615

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1812-13 (2014)

ISBN13  9781903564172

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1436-7 (2014)

ISBN13  9781903564271

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1658-9 (2015)

ISBN13  9781903564479

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c


Wakefield Court Rolls 1781-2 (2014)

ISBN13  9780993238352

Paperback

The Manor of Wakefield occupied a large area at the heart of the West Riding. Its manor court met every three weeks and its ‘tourns’ six monthly, between them regulating many aspects of everyday life. Their records, spanning six centuries, are virtually c