Poverty and Wealth: Sheep, Taxation and Charity in Late Medieval Norfolk

Aspects of both rural and urban life in late medieval Norfolk are illustrated by the documents published here in translation.

Sheep Accounts of Norwich Cathedral Priory, 1484 to 1534, edited by Mark Bailey

Norwich Cathedral Priory was a major flockmaster and its accounts shed light on an important aspect of the region’s economy.

Income Tax Assessments of Norwich, 1472 and 1489, edited by Maureen Jurkowski

The income tax assessments for Norwich for 1472 and 1489 record the population and wealth of a leading provincial city.

Cartulary of St. Mary’s Hospital, Great Yarmouth, edited by Carole Rawcliffe

The cartulary of St Mary’s Hospital, Great Yarmouth, charts charitable giving within another major urban centre, while at the same time providing information on the inhabitants and topography of the town.

The version of the cartulary edited here consists mainly of the translation made for the borough by the antiquary Henry Manship in 1614.

Available to Purchase

Series: Norfolk Record Society

Volume Number: LXXI

Year of Publication: 2007

Edited By: Carole Rawcliffe, Mark Bailey, Maureen Jurkowski

Cover: Hardcover

Language: English

ISBN-10: 955635705

isbn-13: 9780955635700


  • Norwich Priory (Norwich, England);
  • St. Mary’s Hospital (Great Yarmouth, England) — Charters;
  • Sheepherding — England — Norfolk — Sources;
  • Tax assessment — England — Norwich — Sources;
  • Cartularies; Land titles — Registration and transfer — England — Norfolk;
  • Norwich (England) — History;