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Record Society Volumes

Previous volumes for sale

These pages provide extensive guide to all the volumes that have been published by the Staffordshire Record Society (known as the William Salt Archaeological Society prior to 1936). In total there have been four series

The First Series was denoted by Roman numerals and ran from Volume I through to Volume XVIII.
The next series was known as the New Series and was denoted by Roman numerals and date as follows: Volume I (New Series) 1898 through to Volume XII (New Series) 1909.
The Third Series was denoted by date and ran from 1910 through to 1951.
The Fourth Series is numbered by Roman numerals starting with Fourth Series Volume I, and is the ongoing series.

We are grateful to Mrs Thea Randall and Dominic Farr of the William Salt Library for sharing their data with us. William Salt Library web site

Publications for sale

Staffordshire Glebe Terriers 1585-1885

edited by Sylvia Watts

Collections for a History of Staffordshire
Fourth Series, Volumes Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three, 2009-10-13

ISSN 1469-5840, ISBN 978 0 901719 42 3 and 978 901719 52 2

Glebe terriers were drawn up to list and protect the endowments of benefices. The principal concern was to prevent the encroachment on and loss of any glebe lands belonging to a living. Terriers also describe the parsonage house and the rights to any tithes, and from the late 17 th century describe in detail the crops and livestock on which tithe within the parish was due and the customs for levying it. Glebe terriers were first required by a canon of 1571 at a time when there was considerable apprehension that the wealth of parish churches was leaking away into lay hands. Rowley Regis has an early terrier of 1585, but the earliest Staffordshire terriers mostly date from 1612. There are few terriers for the mid 17th century, but from 1693 until about 1801 terriers were returned every three to five years.

As well as being a valuable source for the history of individual parishes, glebe terriers can yield comparative information about the development of vernacular housing and agriculture and the existence of furnaces and mills. They can also indicate the timing of the enclosure of the open fields, for which, as they were often enclosed by agreement, information is often elusive. Volume Twenty-Two calendars all the known glebe terriers for parishes from Abbots Bromley to Knutton and includes an introduction describing the history and content of glebe terriers. Volume Twenty-Three covers the parishes from Lapley to Yoxall.

Cost: £35 for both volumes plus £6 post & package (UK)

The Civil War in Staffordshire in the Spring of 1646:
Sir William Brereton’s Letter Book, April–May 1646

edited by Ivor Carr and Ian Atherton
Ivor Carr is a historian of the civil war, based in Dudley.
Ian Atherton is senior lecturer in History at Keele University and has written extensively on early modern England.

Collections for a History of Staffordshire
Fourth Series, Volume Twenty-One, 2007, xii + 380 pp.

ISSN 1469–5480, ISBN 978 0 901719 37 9

Staffordshire. This edition will be essential reading for all interested in the military, political, and social history of English civil war, and anyone interested in seventeenth-century Staffordshire.

The volume complements and completes an edition of Brereton’s earlier letter books which covered the siege of Chester and which was edited by Norman Dore and published in two volumes by the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society in 1984 and 1990. It also supplements an earlier publication of the Staffordshire Record Society on the English civil war: D. H. Pennington and I. A. Roots (eds), The Committee at Stafford 1643–1645: The Order Book of the Staffordshire County Committee (Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Fourth Series, Volume One, 1957).

Cost: £20 plus £6 post & package (UK)

Criminal Cases on the Crown Side of King’s Bench in Staffordshire, 1740–1800
Professor Doug Hay
200,000 words, plus indices of statutes, cases, persons, places, and subjects.

Dr Douglas Hay is Professor of Law and History at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Department of History, York University, Toronto. He has published widely on English and imperial eighteenth- and nineteenth-century criminal and employment law, and on Staffordshire history in the eighteenth century.
ISSN 1469–5480
ISBN 978 0 901719 52 2

This volume presents the records of all cases in the court of King’s Bench arising in the ancient county of Stafford between 1740 and 1800. They are a rich source for social, political, local, and family historians, as well as for students of common law legal history. The General Introduction, along with introductory accounts of each of the principal kinds of proceedings (criminal, qui tam, and ex officio informations; certioraris on indictments and convictions; habeas corpus and contempts), show how to find cases, follow process, and understand the conventions and procedures of the court and its bureaucracy, as well as the role of solicitors, barristers, commissioners, deponents, jurors, and judges.

This is the first publication of records of the King’s Bench for the eighteenth century; the only other published calendar ends in 1442. The court’s ‘Crown Side’ dealt with all criminal cases before it, and the records for the eighteenth century are both unindexed by county and vast in extent. The court’s procedures, elaborated by its clerks as well as the law, were formidably complex. King’s Bench was the supreme court of criminal law for England and Wales, through its command of the prerogative writs of habeas corpus, certiorari, prohibition, and mandamus; it was the sole court in which criminal and ex officio informations could be used to prosecute serious misdemeanours, including riot and sedition.

Cases heard there constitute a large part of the law reports, since the decisions of its judges changed the law, but reported cases constitute less than one percent of those that came before them, and are very unrepresentative of its daily work.

£45 plus £8 p&p UK
£45 plus £10 p&p Europe
£45 plus £16 p&p Rest of the World

Collections for a History of Staffordshire,
Occasional Paper, no. 4 (2015)

The Diaries of Thomas Peploe Wood, Staffordshire Artist 1839–44

edited by R. W. Knight
ISBN 978-0-901719-57-9

T. P. Wood (1817–45), a native of Great Haywood, was one of the artists employed by William Salt to draw pictures of Staffordshire, and he also received considerable encouragement from local architect Thomas Trubshaw (1802-42). These diaries cover the last six years of Wood’s life and although the entries are brief, they give a vivid impression of the life of a rural artist, who visited London and had contacts with dealers there, as well as supplying the gentry and others around Staffordshire. Although only 28 when he died, a contemporary commented ‘his genius is surprising’.

In addition, there is some account of his brother Samuel Peploe Wood (1827–73), also a talented artist, who studied sculpture in Milan and carved the cross in Colwich churchyard to Thomas and other members of the family.

This well-illustrated volume includes lists of Wood’s pictures held by the William Salt Library at Stafford, the Staffordshire Museums Service, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the British Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as a list of known patrons.

Cost: £15 (plus p&p), or £10 if membership taken out with banker’s order

Collections for a History of Staffordshire,
4th series, volume Twenty-Five

THE LETTER-BOOK OF HENRY, LORD STAFFORD (1501–63)

edited by DEBORAH YOUNGS
Dr Deborah Youngs is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Swansea

ISSN 1469–5480 ISBN 0 901719 528 232 pp. (including index)

The letters and memoranda published in this volume form the only surviving letter-book of Henry, Lord Stafford, the son and heir of Edward, duke of Buckingham (d.1521). Dating to 1546–7, the book contains copies of over 250 items, with all but a handful dictated by Stafford or written in his name. Penned at his ancestral home of Stafford castle, the letters offer important insights into the daily life of the mid-Tudor nobility. We read of the demands of managing far-flung estates and the characters of the men who administered them. We see Henry’s legal knowledge in action, his helpful network of Chancery and Exchequer clerks, and his regular trips to London. The road to the capital was well travelled, for business and pleasure, although it also brought worries: Henry’s memos sent messengers hither and thither to secure him places to stay. At home the letters show a busy Stafford castle, the heart of an active business, a court and prison, as well as a place of entertainment and intellectual pursuits. It was here that Henry raised a large family that was obviously important to him. His letters show affection for his sisters, concerns for his children’s education and health, and the fraught negotiations in arranging a marriage for his heir. And for a man whose father was executed for treason, the letters show the means by which he hoped to rehabilitate that family: as a hard-working landholder, quietly proving his value to local government, while demonstrating his loyalty to his king.

*****
Collections for a History of Staffordshire
Fourth Series, Volume Twenty-Four

Criminal Cases on the Crown Side of King’s Bench in Staffordshire, 1740–1800
Professor Doug Hay

200,000 words, plus indices of statutes, cases, persons, places, and subjects.

Dr Douglas Hay is Professor of Law and History at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Department of History, York University, Toronto.
ISSN 1469–5480
ISBN 978 0 901719 52 2
*****
This volume presents the records of all cases in the court of King’s Bench arising in the ancient county of Stafford between 1740 and 1800. They are a rich source for social, political, local, and family historians, as well as for students of common law legal history. The General Introduction, along with introductory accounts of each of the principal kinds of proceedings (criminal, qui tam, and ex officio informations; certioraris on indictments and convictions; habeas corpus and contempts), show how to find cases, follow process, and understand the conventions and procedures of the court and its bureaucracy, as well as the role of solicitors, barristers, commissioners, deponents, jurors, and judges.

This is the first publication of records of the King’s Bench for the eighteenth century; the only other published calendar ends in 1442. The court’s ‘Crown Side’ dealt with all criminal cases before it, and the records for the eighteenth century are both unindexed by county and vast in extent. The court’s procedures, elaborated by its clerks as well as the law, were formidably complex. King’s Bench was the supreme court of criminal law for England and Wales, through its command of the prerogative writs of habeas corpus, certiorari, prohibition, and mandamus; it was the sole court in which criminal and ex officio informations could be used to prosecute serious misdemeanours, including riot and sedition.

Cases heard there constitute a large part of the law reports, since the decisions of its judges changed the law, but reported cases constitute less than one percent of those that came before them, and are very unrepresentative of its daily work.

To order copies please contact Matthew Blake Honorary Secretary
Staffordshire Record Society, The William Salt Library, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ Email matthew.blake@btinternet.com

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