Winslow in 1556 - the survey of the manor
by David Noy
The surveyor Thomas Gedge arrived at the manor of Winslow on 20 March 1556. It may have been an ominous day for local people – he was probably there to maximise revenue for the Crown – but 450 years later his survey provides a unique panorama of life in a 16th-century Buckinghamshire town.
The manor of Winslow had come into royal ownership with the dissolution of St Albans Abbey by Henry VIII. It had a resident bailiff – but an absentee landlord who owed the Crown money.
This book reveals Winslow in 1556: its people, its properties, their occupations, their families and relationships, their petty crimes and long-term feuds.
160 pages, paperback.
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