Court Roll

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR2/1/3/7
  • Dates of Creation
      14 Oct 1583
  • Language of Material
      Language: Latin .
  • Physical Description
      max. dimensions of both membrane: 51 x 29 cm. Parchment roll, 2 membranes; these were found separately, but the coincidence of sewing holes along the foot of membrane A and the head of membrane B, and a line of text overlapping them, prove that they were once sewn together head-to-foot;

Scope and Content

The roll records proceedings at sessions of the court leet and view of frankpledge for the barony of Dunham Massey held on 14 October 1583, during the minority of George Booth (1566-1652). The roll consists of 2 parchment membranes (A & B) formerly sewn together head-to-foot. The text runs from the head of membrane A to the foot of membrane B on the recto, then from the head of membrane A to the foot of membrane B on the verso.

Membrane A recto:

Heading: View of frankpledge with [court] leet of Queen Elizabeth, and court baron of the manor of Dunham Massey, held at Altrincham on 14 October 25 Eliz [1583], on behalf of Robert [Dudley], Earl of Leicester, guardian of George Booth esq, son and heir of Sir William Booth (1540-79) dec'd, now in the hands of the Crown, before George Parker of Altrincham gent, steward of the court.

List of free tenants of the manor who are suitors of this court.

List of constables and bylawmen sworn for the townships of Dunham Massey, Hale, Timperley, Bowdon, Carrington, Partington, Agden, Bollington and Ashley.

Great inquest of free tenants.

Membrane B recto:

Continuation of great inquest of free tenants.

Great inquest for Dunham.

Great inquest for Hale.

Membrane A verso:

Continuation of great inquest for Hale.

Pleas between parties.

Membrane B verso:

Continuation of pleas between parties.

Annotated at foot: "Dunham Massye. Rotul' Cur' et Visus Franci plegii | de anno R[egni] R[egine] Elizabeth vicesimo quarto" and "14o Octobris 25 Eliz: Roberte Earle of Lecester | then Cheefe Steward then Guardyan of George | Booth Esq then her Maties Warde George | Parker of Altringham gentleman deputy | Stewarde".

Acquisition Information

Received from the Altrincham Estate Office on 14 November 1990.