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July 2006

'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' now live

Dr Jane Winters, 28 July 2006

Samuel Lewis's 'Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849) is now live. This publication, originally in two volumes, gives a historical conspectus and contemporary description for counties, cities, parishes, towns, villages and hamlets in mid-nineteenth century Wales. Its companion publication for Scotland is already live on BHO. Read them both at:

Register of the Freemen of York now live

Dr Peter Webster, 26 July 2006

The Surtees Society edition of these records, from 1272 to 1759, is now live. These records record the admissions to freedom of the city, organised by regnal year. They produce a fascinating record of the population and trades of York. Read more at:

Cumberland Lay Subsidy of 1332-3 now live

Elizabeth Williamson, 25 July 2006

The record of the lay subsidy for Cumberland of 1332-3 is now live. Edited in 1906 by J.P.Steel from records in the National Archives, it records the names of prominent inhabitants of Cumberland, grouped by ward and by vill. It is an invaluable source for medieval genealogy and economic history. Read it and other lay subsidy records at:

Records of the Burgh of Glasgow now live (1573-1690)

Dr Peter Webster, 11 July 2006

Three volumes of these key records for the history of Glasgow are now live. They contain extracts from the Council Records of the Burgh and from the accounts of the city Treasurers. They give a detailed account of a period of political turmoil at a national level and of growing independence for the Burgh. Two volumes of the Charters of the city will be added to the site in the next few weeks. Over the next two years we shall be adding similar records for the same period for the city of Edinburgh. Read more at:

'Old and New London' now complete

Dr Peter Webster, 04 July 2006

Published in 1878 in six volumes, this survey of London is now complete. Written by Walter Thornbury and Edward Walford, it mixes historical information and description of contemporary London with a rich seam of myth, anecdote and London legend. Written in the form of a perambulation, it covers the city of London and Westminster, as well as the suburbs from Hampstead and Highgate to the north, Stratford to the east, Streatham to the south, and Putney and Hammersmith to the west. Read more at:

New maps for England, Scotland and Wales coming soon

Dr Peter Webster, 02 July 2006

A second batch of maps for 16 British towns and cities will be launched soon. These maps at scale 1:2500 are of major urban centres such as Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle, and cathedral cities including Chichester, Durham and Salisbury. The selection complements the maps already available for London and other centres, and concentrations of text resources on BHO. See the existing set at: