Sunderland Wills and Inventories, 1651-1675
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286 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Publications of the Surtees Society

Imprint: Surtees Society

Sunderland Wills and Inventories, 1651-1675

Edited by Joan Briggs, John Smith, Jennifer Tindall, Ann Tumman and Xenia Webster

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Edition, with full explanatory apparatus, of wills and inventories from north-east England.
This volume contains full transcripts of all the wills and probate inventories (and one rare record, an exceptionally detailed probate account) which survive from Sunderland and its environs (the parishes of Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth, Co. Durham) in the twenty-five years between 1651 and 1675. It draws together 119 files of documents preserved in The National Archives, the special collections of Durham University Library (which holds the majorityof the records presented here), the Borthwick Institute at the University of York and Durham Cathedral Library. Together, they paint a vivid picture of Sunderland at a period of rapid change, as it developed as an industrial and trading port. Testators include shipowners, shipwrights, anchor smiths, mariners, coal fitters, and merchants and the records include some very detailed inventories, notably one of a woolen draper and clothier.
The documents are supported by an introduction which places them in their context, outlines local aspects of the turbulent controversies of the time, and examines changes in the local economy and in houses and household furnishing. The volume also includes a glossary explaining words not in current use, and indexes of names and subjects.
Introduction
Editorial Method
List of Wills and Inventories
Sunderland Wills and Inventories, 1651-1675
Glossary
Index of Names
Subject Index
"Overall, this collection of seventeenth century wills has much to commend it, both for Quaker and non-Quaker readers. It provides a rich vein of evidence, clear analysis, and certainly fascinating details of a bygone and perilous age." Journal of the Friends Historical Society
"[...] capture vivid snapshots of Sunderland as it developed as an industrial and trading port." Greg Finch, Hexham Local History Society
"Drawing on John Smith's extensive knowledge of regional and national events, the volume contains an exemplary introduction. This rich context is enormously supportive to the reader. It is also a source of much additional value to the raw material." Northern History

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9780854440801

January 2020

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Title Details

286 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Publications of the Surtees Society

Imprint: Surtees Society