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The following letter, a transcript of an original in private hands and unpublished until now, throws light on both the workings of Stamford Town Council and its relationship with central government.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.


Belgian Refugees in Stamford

This paper was prepared by Jean Orpin as part of the research carried out for the Stamford commemoration of the start of World war I in August 1914.

The Wardens: Managing Late Medieval Hospital

This volume, which has been produced by Professor Alan Rogers,has been published following a generous grant from the Lincoln Record Society. The Wardens provides an edition of an account book for Browne's Hospital, Stamford, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, with an extensive introduction. Four successive wardens are followed as they seek to manage the Hospital and its estates for 22 years.

Stamford and Magna Carta

The text of Dr Henry Summerson's April 2015 lecture on his book, Stamford and Magna Carta​, is reproduced here for those members who were unable to attend.

Stamford Boys of 1911


“Stamford Boys - Remembering those who lived in the Great War, a booklet listing the 450 boys, their addresses and dates."

Available on request from stamfordboys.editor@gmail.com  (£3 incl p & p).

Stamford Poor Law Union

This article was written by the late Dr Stella Henriques, and first published in the Stamford Historian in February 1979. As a source for the article, Dr Henriques made extensive use of the files of the Stamford Mercury, which at that time were little used by local historians. In a brief introduction, Mr William Kirkwood puts the Stamford workhouse into context. The workhouse described here lasted some 65 years until, in 1899, the Guardians took the decision to build a new workhouse on the Bourne Road (now Ryhall Road); this new building was completed in 1902 and accommodated 175 inmates.

People and Property In Medieval Stamford

Edited by Alan Rogers
ISBN: 978-1-84549-548-0
This volume, published by abramis on behalf of the Stamford Survey Group, is the third to appear in a series designed to put texts relating to the history of the town into the public domain to encourage the study of the past of this town.