Vol. 152: Swaledale Wills and Inventories 1522-1600

Vol. 152: Swaledale Wills and Inventories 1522-1600

Little is known about the individual inhabitants of Swaledale in the 16th Century as most of the surviving parish registers for the dale do not begin until the 1600’s.

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This volume brings together 210 16th-century wills and inventories from the records of the Archdeaconry of Ripon. They provide information on many aspects of the life of the dale at this time; houses and their contents, clothes, food, farming, lead mining and the woollen industry and other trades. They also provide information about property holding, the status and rights of women, provision for the upbringing of children, charitable bequests and the settlement of disputes. All this against a background of great religious and social change, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Rebellion of the Northern Earls. 

  • Size 216 x 134mm
  • Format Hardback
  • Pages 426
  • ISBN 9780902122864
  • Editor Elizabeth K. Berry
  • Year 1998