London Bridge: Selected Accounts and Rentals, 1381-1538

January 1995
316 pages
25x15.7 cm
London Record Society
ISBN: 9780900952319
Format: Hardback
London Record Society

London Bridge: Selected Accounts and Rentals, 1381-1538

Edited by Vanessa Harding, Laura Wright

The rulers of London in the late middle ages sought to safeguard the future of their important river crossing by placing its administration in the hands of a specially created institution. By the mid-fourteenth century the "Bridge House", as it became known, had been endowed with a large portfolio of properties which provided the bulk of the revenue needed for the frequent, and often urgent, repairs to London Bridge's structure: as many as 130 shops stood on the bridge itself. As well as providing information on the technicalities of bridge-building or wider issues concerning urban crafts and productive processes, the accounts and rentals from the institution's archive provide useful snapshots of the bridge at various points in its often turbulent history.

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