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Primary Sources

Lists of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century source material to be used in compiling our gazetteer. Please contact us with other suggestions!

General, National, & Regional

Features of Interest

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  • Highways and other Ways
  • Rivers


  • Tolls
  • Inns
  • Stables

River Crossings

  • Bridges
  • Ferries
  • Fords

Industrial & Agricultural

  • Windmills
  • Watermills
  • Salt production
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing


  • Markets
  • Fairs
  • Incorporation
  • Schools


  • Carriers
  • Carters / Wagoners
  • Boatmen / Watermen
  • Merchants
  • Wheelwrights / Cartwrights / Wagonmakers


Gazetteers, Chorographies, and Other Texts

  • John Leland, Itineraries in England and Wales (c. 1538-1543)
  • John Taylor, Honorable and Memorable Foundations (1636)
  • William Camden, Britain, or, a Chorographicall Description of the most flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland (1607) (online here)
  • William Harrison, Description of Britain [DATE?]
  • John Norden, Speculum Britanniae [DATE?]
    • Numerous counties, either published or unpublished
  • Richard Carew, The Survey of Cornwall [DATE?]
  • William Lambarde, The Perambulation of Kent (1596)
  • Thomas Westcote, A View of Devonshire in 1630
  • Thomas Jenner, A Book of the Names of all Parishes, Market Towns, Villages, Hamlets, and Smallest Places in England and Wales (1657)

Legal Records

State/Ecclesiastical Surveys

County & Local

For example, Manorial and other Hundredal Court Records.

Secondary Texts

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