Sunderland Wills and Inventories, 1601-1650

December 2010
350 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Publications of the Surtees Society
ISBN: 9780854440696
Format: Hardback
Surtees Society
BISAC HIS037030, LAW060000

Sunderland Wills and Inventories, 1601-1650

Edited by Joan Briggs, Rita McGhee, John Smith

Edition, with full explanatory apparatus, of wills and inventories from north-east England.
Complete editorial team:
Joan Briggs, Rita McGhee, John Smith, Jennifer Tindell, Ann Tumman, Xenia Webster

What was to become the town of Sunderland emerged in the earlier seventeenth century from two parishes north and south of the river Wear, Monkwearmouth and Bishopwearmouth, developing from a small fishing village into a significant east-coast port and industrial centre; a charter granted by the bishop of Durham in 1630 confirms its status.
This volume comprises its surviving probate documents from the period 1601-50, containing material relating to some ninety-one individuals, twelve of them women. The inventories that accompany most of the wills (and in some cases survive where the wills do not) detail their household goods, thus constituting a rich source of information about ways of life and standards of living in the early seventeenth century.
The wills and inventories are edited here in full in the original spelling, with a glossary, introduction, notes and an index.

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Wills and Inventories


This is a nicely produced edition of interesting documents which will prove useful not just to local historians of north-east England but to many students and researchers of everyday life in early modern England. HISTORY

The volume has been well edited. The documents are transcribed in full and carefully referenced, and there is a very necessary glossary, clearly the fruit of much research, together with an excellent index of persons and places. [...] An excellently presented volume. NORTHERN HISTORY

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