Category: British Local History

Life Stories as Told by Probate Inventories

Life Stories as Told by Probate Inventories

Guest post written by Barbara Tearle, editor of Bedfordshire Probate Inventories before 1660. Since being drawn into projects to transcribe early modern probate material about twenty years ago, I have… READ MORE

Devon Parish Taxpayers

Devon Parish Taxpayers

Why did sixteenth-century Dartmouth have wards named after every day of the week except Saturday? And was this bureaucracy independent of taxation or did it run alongside it? These were… READ MORE

Changing Approaches to Local History

Changing Approaches to Local History

Local history has a reputation for being narrow-minded and descriptive. Local historian are seen as amateurish, obsessed by detail, and offering simple explanations of the past. Some local history deserves… READ MORE

James Davidson

James Davidson

New from the Devon and Cornwall Record Society, James Davidson’s East Devon Church Notes, edited by Jill Cobley, sheds light on the history of East Devon’s churches from the Middle… READ MORE

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