Charlotte Berry

Margins and marginality in fifteenth-century London


Charlie received a BA in History from the University of York in 2010, and went on to complete her MA in Historical Research part-time at the IHR in 2013. She began her PhD in 2014 supported by an AHRC studentship through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

Her thesis is focussed on the neighbourhoods which formed the geographical ‘margins’ of London c.1370-1530, those neighbouring and just outside the city walls. Charlie’s research into the social, topographic and economic make up of these neighbourhoods examines the relationship between geographical and social marginality; how far the social structure and relations of localities at the urban fringe had a distinctly ‘marginal’ quality. Her research utilises qualitative and quantitative digital methodologies including databases, social network analysis and GIS mapping in order to explore the interrelationships between space and society.

Charlie’s broader research interests include the urban history and social history of pre-modern England. From October 2017 she is the Research Officer for the Hearth Tax Project at the University of Roehampton. She also teaches in the History department at UCL and has previously taught in the Liberal Arts department at King’s College London. In 2016 she was the winner of the Currier’s Company London History Essay Prize.

Charlie is currently the student representative for research students at the IHR and the student ambassador for the Economic History Society at the Institute.


'“To avoide all envye, malys, grudge and displeasure”: sociability and social networking at the London wardmote inquest, c.1470-1540’, The London Journal. December 2017.


‘Mobile lives, marginal neighbourhoods and social marginality in London, 1470-1530’, Mobility and Space, University of Oxford. June 2017.

‘“Though that I be a foreign my master is a freeman”: mobile lives and social marginality in London, 1470-1530’, Social History Society Conference, Institute of Education, UCL. April 2017.

‘Spatial margins and social marginality in fifteenth-century London’, European Association of Urban History Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland. August 2016.

‘Policing, networking and dining: the London wardmote inquest as a social occasion’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. July 2016.

‘The peripheries of the city and social marginality in fifteenth-century London’, IHR Medieval and Tudor London Seminar, University of London. July 2015.