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Code: ARA 12

Acta Regia

by Rapin de Thoyras, 1733

This is an account of the Acts, Treaties, Letters and Instruments between English Monarchs and foreign powers, as well as details of many Public Acts relating to various domestic matters.
Covering hundreds of years - from the beginning of the reign of Henry I to the 10th year of the reign of Charles I, the book also contains biographical details of each monarch.
Over 800 pages of information - a real treasure trove of English history. Includes a comprehensive index.

An essential reference book for every historian.

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Code: ARA 16

The English Village Community

By Frederic Seebohm, LL.D., F.S.A. 1896

A masterly study of the development of the English village - its organisation and agricultural field systems - in Roman, Saxon and Norman times. Also includes chapters on the tribal systems of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and a comparison with western European village structure.
Illustrated with several maps and drawings, some in colour.

Useful for local, social and economic historians.

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Code: ARA 26

Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time
(1896)

by P.H. Ditchfield

An account of local observances, festival customs and ancient ceremonies surviving in Great Britain.
Descriptions of the ancient folk-customs still being performed in villages the length and breadth of England

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Code: ARA 29

England in Days of Old

by William Andrews, published in 1897

An entertaining and instructive study of the social and domestic life in England in times past.

Includes attractive line drawings.

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Code: ARA 137

The History of Work and Wages.

Being a Reprint of eight Chapters from "Six Centuries of Work and Wages".

By James E. Thorold Rogers, M.P. Published in 1894.

A very interesting study of work and wages from Medieval to Victorian times, with chapters including - The Famine and the Plague; The English Poor Law; Agricultural Wages in the 18th Century; Wages in the 19th Century, etc.

Useful for family history and social/economic history.

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Code: ARA 150

Paupers in Workhouses
Ordered by The House of Commons to be printed 30 July 1861.


Returns "from each workhouse in England & Wales, of the name of every adult pauper in each workhouse who has been an inmate of the workhouse during a continuous period of five years; stating the amount of time that each of such inmates shall have been in the workhouse, and the reason assigned why such persons are unable to maintain themselves:"

This cd contains the full return arranged by county and workhouse plus the summary.

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Code: ARA 184

Social Life in Britain from the Conquest to the Reformation

Compiled by G. G. Coulton, M.A.
Published 1918

A background to the social history of the Middle Ages
Including sections on Birth & Nurture, Church & Churchmen, Rich & Poor, Sports & Pastimes, Women’s Life, House, Dress & Meals, etc.
A large proportion has been translated from Latin or Old French with the rest in unmodernised medieval English.

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Code: ARA 197

Domesday Book and Beyond
Three Essays in the Early History of England

by
Frederic William Maitland, LL.D.
Published in 1907.

Essay I deals with the Domesday Book, Essay II England before the Conquest and Essay III the Hide.
A useful view of the compilation of the first great survey of England with in depth explanations of various terms used.
This book makes an excellent companion to Horace Round's Feudal England and Frederick Seebohm's The English Village Community

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Code: ARA 200

Notes of Cases 1913

The Weekly Notes:
Being Notes of Cases Heard and Determined by -
The House Of Lords, The Court of Appeal, The Chancery, King's Bench, and Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Divisions of the High Court of Justice, and Cases in Bankruptcy.
For the Year 1913.

Editor - Right Hon. Sir Frederick Pollock, Bart.

A fascinating and detailed account of legal cases for the year 1913. All human life is here!

Useful for legal history, family history and social history.

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Code: ARA 201

Feudal England

by J. H. Round (XIth & XIIth Centuries).
Published in 1909

Mr. Round's historical studies on the 11th and 12th centuries.
An excellent in depth discussion of the Domesday Book its terms and measurements. Also included are various later surveys including the Worcestershire Survey, the Lindsey Survey, the Northamptonshire Survey and the Leicestershire Survey.
A must read for historians and anyone with an interest in medieval England.

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Code: ARA 222

Old English Social Life as told by the Parish Registers.

By T.F. Thiselton-Dyer, M.A.
Published 1898

A history and view of old Parish Records in England. Includes superstitions and strange beliefs, epidemics, parish scandals and punishments, birth and baptism, marriage, death and the grave, parish usages, social customs, local events and much more. An invaluable source material for those interested in Family History

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Code: ARA 258

Constitutions of Free and Accepted Masons 1884
With amendments to 1888.

Containing the general Charges, Laws, and Regulations, etc., etc. 1884 with amendments to January, 1888.
Published under the authority of the United Grand Lodge.
Includes many line drawings of regalia.br />
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Code: ARA 294

Sixty-Fourth Annual Report of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England and Wales. (1901).

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty.
Published 1903.

The contents of this report includes population (census & estimated). Detailed statistics of Births, Marriages and Deaths including causes.
Offences against the Registration Acts, Literacy.
A Meteorological Report for the year 1901.

There are also included many interesting abstracts of Births, including number, rates, sex, illegitimate; Marriages, including number, rates, forms of marriage, ages signatures in marriage register etc. etc.; Deaths including number, general death rate, sex, ages, infantile mortality, urban and rural mortality, causes of deaths and deaths in public institutions etc.

Also covered is strength and mortality of the Army & Navy ; Births & Deaths at sea and a tabulation of causes of death due to disease, both general and local. Etc.

Plus an index of Registration Districts, Sub-districts and Urban Districts.

A useful reference guide for family and local historians which could be used to good effect in conjunction with the 1901 census.br />
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Code: ARA 299

Whitaker's Directory of Titled Persons for the Year 1898

Containing -
An extended list of the Royal Family, The Peerage with Titled Issue, Dowager Ladies, Baronets, Knights and Companions, Privy Councillors, Home and Colonial Bishops.
With a comprehensive introduction and an Index to County Seats and Residences.
Useful reference guide for genealogy.

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Code: ARA 351

Master Wace His Chronicle of the Norman Conquest from the Roman de Rou.

Translated with notes and illustrations.
Published in 1837.

A detailed narrative of events which preceded and attended the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy.br />
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Code: ARA 370

The Cotton Year Book 1920.

Compiled by S. Ecroyd.

A comprehensive and detailed guide covering all aspects of the cotton industry.

Also includes lists of associations, societies and trade unions, as well as lists of holidays in the cotton districts.

Complete with many pages of advertisements.

A fascinating hand book, giving an insight into a once-great industry. Useful for local, social, economic and family historians - particularly those researching Lancashire. br />
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Code: CA0055

A book of 189 Calendars for AD 1752 to 1940 inc.

This is a book every genealogist needs, and its priced right price too!

The book's Introduction explains why, and how, the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar was made in England in 1752 when, at the same time, the start of the year was moved from the 25 March to the 1 January. The first of the calendars shown in the book is for the year 1752 where it can be seen that in September, Wednesday 2nd is immediately followed by Thursday 14th.

To round out this little gem of a book the author, a well known figure in Montreal and member of a leading family of Montreal lawyers, included a listing of the Officers of the Canadian governments and what he terms a Chronology of Business. Today we'd call these business biographies and they will provide valuable information to anyone researching an ancestor who operated one of these businesses. There are many advertisements for Canadian business including, of course, many firms of lawyers.br />
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Code: CA0068

The Century Cyclopedia of Names

While the Century Company was compiling its Dictionary in the late 1800's it decided to draw all the proper name references it found into a separate appendix to be included in the last of the dictionary's eight volumes. When they completed the dictionary they found that the appendix of names was so large it justified a complete volume of its own. Consequently the first edition of the Cyclopedia of Names, for the single year of 1894, was published as a stand alone book. This is the edition of the book which has been reproduced here.

We are told there are over 25,000 name entries and from its weight alone that's easy to believe! Measuring 34 cm high by 25 cm wide and its 1085 pages making it over 6 cm thick, it is certainly one of our largest and heaviest books.

The names in the book are from all sources, all countries as well as from both fact and fiction although being an American publisher there may be some bias. Each entry provides a pronunciation guide and an etymology giving either: the earliest recognized use or, the life facts if it is a person. This will be an invaluable source of personal chronology if you were researching one of the characters cited. br />
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Code: CA0009

Manners and Rules of Good Society

"Manners maketh man," to take a quote from William of Wykeham (1324 - 1404). It seems that the development of a civilization can be measured by the complexity of it's social rules and customs. At the peak of the British Empire the "Upper Classes" had developed a strict and complicated code of public behavior which was expected to be fully understood and rigidly adhered to if one wanted to be a member of society. Today we look back at the dichotomy between the lifestyle which this code of etiquette sprang from and that of the ordinary, or working, people with a surprise which borders on amazement.

Topics covered include: Introductions, Leaving Cards, Paying Calls, Forms of Address (including to royalty), Behavior at Parties, Weddings, and other Social Occasions. There are also instructions on the "forms" to be used when abroad both in "The Colonies" and in India.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand the highly stylized public interactions of the upper and middle classes in good society. br />
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Code: ARA 379

Criminal Chronology;
Or
The New Newgate Calendar

By Andrew Knapp and William Baldwin.
Volumes II & IV. Published in 1809 & 1810.

Being Interesting Memoirs of Notorious Characters who have been Convicted of Outrages on the Laws of England.
Fascinating stories of criminals and their executions during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Code: ARA 393

English Farming Past and Present.

by The Right Honourable Lord Ernle
Published 1922

The history of English farming from the manorial system to the early twentieth century.
This study includes-
The manorial system of farming, farming for profit; pasture & sheep grazing (1485-1558), farming under the first Stewarts and the commonwealth, Jethro Tull & Lord Townsend (1700-1760), enclosures, English Corn Laws, rural population (1780-1813), tithes, the effects of war and state control plus many other subjects.

Also includes tables of weekly wages (by county) of Ag-Labs for various years between 1768 and 1920

An essential book for any historians with agricultural labourer ancestors.

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Code: ARA 402

A Series of the Decisions of the Court of the King's Bench

Published in 1768

A Series of the Decisions of the Court of the Kings Bench upon Settlement Cases ; From the Death of Lord Raymond in March 1732 : To which is added a complete abridgement of the substance of each case, and two tables of the names of them.
Covers settlement cases (from many areas of England) for the period 1732 to 1776.

These settlement cases, part of the old poor law system, arose to determine paupers, apprentices and others right, or otherwise,to settle in a parish.

The wealth of details make this CD useful for family history, local history and legal history.

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Code: ARA 412

Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches with Elucidations.

By Thomas Carlyle

A collection of the letters and speeches by Oliver Cromwell in three volumes.
Covers the period from 1636 to his death in 1658.

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Code: ARA 425

Social England Illustrated
A Collection of XVIIth Century Tracts

With an Introduction by Andrew Lang
Published in 1903.

A collection of tracts illustrating the social aspects of the time.
These include articles on the Royal Navy, Army Rations (cir. 1591), The Great Frost of 1608, Herring Fishing and Britain’s Buss, the Leather Industry, the Carrier's Cosmography, Draining the Fens and much more.
A useful resource for family and local historians.

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Code: ARA 455

Out Trails by J.P.Guy and Health, Strength and Beauty by Lex McLean.

Two books on one CD.

Out-Trails, published in 1902, describes the author J.P.Guy's travel and work experiences in the last decade of the 19th century.
Including exporting to Argentina, travelling through Norway and gum digging in New Zealand.

Health, Strength and Beauty, published in is an introduction to the world of physical culture.
The author, Lex Mclean, Scottish Champion for three years had studied physical culture for twelve years before writing this book.

Because of the relevance to the previous author J.P.Guy who by this time was an instructor at the Sandow School of Physical Culture in Dunedin, New Zealand, we have grouped the two books on the one CD.

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Code: ARA 456

Manuals of the Duties of Poor Law Officers.
Master and Matron of the Workhouse

By William Golden Lumley, Esq., LL.M Published in 1869 An invaluable look at the way the workhouse was run. Showing how masters & matrons were appointed, their duties and receipts and payments they made. This book also covers the admission of paupers, discipline and diet and punishments for misbehaviour

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Code: ARA 460

The English Village
The origin and decay of its community.
An Anthropological Interpretation.

By Harold Peake, F.S.A.
Published 1922

Based on a series of lectures delivered in Newbury in the spring of 1918, this book is an attempt to trace the origins of village community utilising the results of anthropological and archaeological research.

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Code: ARA 462

The Criminal

By Havelock Ellis.
Published 1895

A critical summary of the new (in 1895) science of criminal anthropology.
Chapters include cranial and cerebral characteristics, heredity, tattooing, intelligence, religion, thieves' slang, the treatment of the criminal and much more.
A useful insight into the way society viewed criminals

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Code: ARA 499

The Medieval Village

By G. G. Coulton
Published 1925

Developed from a series of lectures delivered to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
This book helps the reader discover what men actually did and suffered and what they thought of civil and ecclesiastical constitutions.
A valuable insight to the lives of medieval peasants

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Code: ARA 502

The Celtic Borderland

By F.J. Snell

The Celtic Borderland A Rediscovery of the Marches from Wye to Dee By F.J. Snell. With 20 full page drawings by Fred Adcock An interesting historical and topographical guide to the borderland between England and Wales. Illustrated with line drawings and a map.

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Code: ARA 523

The Topographer & Genealogist

Edited by John Gough Nichols, F.S.A.

The Topographer & Genealogist, Part XVII, March 1855.
A collection of texts and articles of interest to the genealogist.
Part XVII includes.-

Remarks on the Arms assigned to the Name Ellis and its Synomss tending to show a common origin of most of the Families bearing them, and of Lacy, Lucy, St. Leger., Lizures, St. Liz, Disney, Deivill, Holles, &c.
Church Notes of Highclere and Burghclere, co. Hants.
Sir William Fitz William, of Highclere.
Funeral Certificate of Richard Kingsmill, Esq. 1600.
Funeral Certificate of Sir Robert Sawyer, 1692.
Extracts from the Registers of Sutton Waldron, near Shaftesbury, co. Dorset.
Extracts from the Registers of Wath, near Ripon.
List of Rectors of Wath.
Some Account of the Family of Cockayne, Lord Viscount Cullen, and of the Parish of Rushton, co. Northampton, their principal residence.
Notes on the Cathedral of Emly and the Family of Hurly.
The family of Thynne, alias Botfield.
Pedigree of Botfield, of Botfield.
Pedigree of Botfield, of dawley, Norton Hall, &c.
Extracts of Parish Registers of St. James’s, Westminster.

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Code: ARA 570

Poor-Law Annual

Poor-Law Annual for the years 1923-24 plus 1924-25.

The aim of these annuals was to provide the necessary details a Poor-law Officer must possess in conducting correspondence between Union and Union, supplemented by other details which have constantly to be referred to in the discharge of daily duties.
Includes the Official Decisions, an aide to the authoritative interpretation of the Poor-law. Digest of Cases which have been heard in the Law-Courts during the year.
List of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Boards of Guardians in England & Wales.
Plus lists of Poor-law School Districts, Public Contracts & Contractors, County Vagrancy Committees etc., etc.
Useful for local history.

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Code: ARA 573

Moneys Received and Paid for Secret Services of Charles II. and James II.


Moneys Received and Paid for Secret Services of Charles II. and James II. From 30th March, 1679, to 25th December, 1688. By John Yonge Ackerman, Esq. Published in 1851. Contains 1. The extra-ordinary expenses incident to the management of the King's private estate etc. 2. Payments & allowances to private persons for services rendered to the Crown.
Includes names of hundreds of members of the public who received payments, gifts and bounty.

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Code: ARA 618

List of Names of Masonic Imposters.


List of Names of Masonic Impostors and other undeserving persons, who make a practice of habitually seeking assistance from the Almoners' Funds in different parts of the country.
Published 1902.

A unique book compiled by an Almoner of a number of Masonic Lodges in an effort to thwart the activities of a number of men who travelled the country soliciting alms from the Brethren.
It includes letters and extracts from the journals Freemason and the Freemason's Chronicle.
A list of names of people fraudulently claiming alms and those "unworthy" of relief.
There are numerous reports of trials of such people and a list of prosecutions with a number of photographs of the convicted men.

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