Noble Merchant - Update

The following communication has been received from Professor Alan Rogers.

Muster Roll 1584

RESPECT OUR PRIIVILEGES: A Muster Certificate for Stamford and St Martin’s, 1584 Among the many manuscript volumes which are to be found in the Town Hall is an early one of considerable interest. It contains a wide range of notes and transcripts of items relating to the property of the town including a register of leases from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, hirings of servants, sealing of hides and other items, not least a taxation list of 1581.


The King in Stamford Baron

The following notes are taken from the Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council vol vii pages 227-229

Terricus of Cologne

The following notes on Terricus of Cologne were supplied by Professor Alan Rogers.


Hearth Tax Return for St Martin's, Stamford - 31st July 1663

THE HEARTH TAX RETURN FOR THE LIBERTY OF NASSABURGH, FOR 31st JULY, 1663       [Stamford St Martin's section only in this extract]
A note by Tim Halliday of Peterborough.  Stamford Survey Group wish to thank him for permission to reproduce the Stamford section of these returns.


David Cecil's Will and David Cecil's Wife: Two Notes

William Cecil lord Burghley was obsessed with his family history. He continually sought and obtained information and produced several contradictory pedigrees; so any light that can be thrown on earlier generations of Cecils are valuable. David Cecil of Stamford, his grandfather, Alderman (i.e. mayor) and MP for the town, was a particular concern; for someone had charged lord Burghley with being the son of an innkeeper (a story which is still repeated).

Window Tax

Window Tax was imposed by Parliament in 1696, replacing the Hearth Tax, to help meet the cost of reminting the damaged coinage. After 1792 houses with between 7 and 9 windows were taxed at 2 shillings, and from 10 to 19 windows at 4 shillings. In 1825 houses with less than 8 windows were exempt. The tax was finaly abolished in 1851. The following extract is taken from a volume in the British Library entitled: 'Cases Which have been determined by the JUDGES relative to the DUTIES on Houses and Windows and on Inhabited Houses'.

Don’t Meddle with my Business! A sixteenth century warning

The following letter, a transcript of an original in private hands and unpublished until now, throws light on both the workings of Stamford Town Council and its relationship with central government.  It is also particularly interesting in showing how a key supporter of the Tudor monarchs protected his interests vigorously.


Handlist of Printed Maps of Stamford

This list was compiled by the late John Chandler in c.1970 and has not been corrected or extended since.  Additions and corrections will be gratefully received.
The aim is to include all the significant printed maps relating to the town and to comment on their usefulness.
The following conventions have been followed:

Noble Merchant William Browne (c1410-1489) and Stamford in the Fifteenth Century

The launch of Professor Alan Rogers new book Noble Merchant was preceeded by an illustrated talk on William Browne. This talk can be viewed on You Tube by following the link below.