CMH Research projects

Medieval Cheapside

Social and economic study of medieval London, c.1100-1666

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.

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Feeding the city (II): London's impact on the agrarian economy of southern England, c.1290-1400

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 fourte

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Feeding the city (I): London's impact on the agrarian economy of southern England, c.1250-1350

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.

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Market networks and the metropolis: the trade in agrarian produce, c.1400


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Borough market privileges in southern England, c.1370-1430

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.

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Views of hosts: reporting the alien commodity trade, 1440-45

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

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Londoners and the law: pleadings in the court of common pleas, 1399-1509

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).

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Metropolitan market networks, 1300-1600

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.

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Markets and fairs in England and Wales to 1516

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.

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Markets and fairs in thirteenth-century England

The early development of markets and fairs is an issue of central significance in economic history and historical geography.