CMH Research projects
This project, since 1979 administered by the Institute of Historical Research and accommodated by the Museum of London between 1979 and 1988, is now one of the activities of the Centre. It is concerned with the development of the City of London up to the Great Fire of 1666.
This short project assembles information from printed sources on the operation of markets, tolls and trading connections in southern and eastern England over the period c.1370-1430.
The second stage of this project switches attention from the years around 1300 when London achieved its peak medieval population (see Feeding the city (I)), to the very different world of the later fourtee
About 1300 London achieved a level of population which was much higher than generally has been supposed, and which was not to be equalled again for at least another 250 years.
London exerted a major influence on the economy of England during the period of rapid population growth in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, promoting specialised forms of agriculture and trade.
The early development of markets and fairs is an issue of central significance in economic history and historical geography.
The markets and fairs of medieval England served as one of the densest and most highly-developed systems for the regulation and promotion of trade in Europe.
The aim of the project was to analyse and make available online information from the 'plea rolls' of the court of common pleas - the largest surviving body of medieval English common law records. These are held in The National Archives (class CP40).
The 'Views of hosts' were a series of English government records produced in response to a statute of 1439 which required that money made by non-English merchants from sales of imports must be entirely expended on English goods for export, thus preventing the country's wealth draining away in spe