Feet of Fines have long been one of the standard sources used by local historians, affording often unparalleled detail about the ownership of land. With this volume, Gloucestershire now has in print a full run of abstracts of Feet of Fines for three centuries, from 1199 (1 John) to 1508 (24 Henry V11).
The first set was issued as Volume 16 in this series (2003), the second as Volume 29 (2206). This, the third and final set of abstracts to be published in the Gloucestershire Record Series, was like its predecessors prepared by the late Christopher Elrington, who died in 2009. He had left the edition ready for publication in this Series, of which he was the longest-serving General Editor, and the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society is pleased now to fulfil his intention.
Extensive indexes provide ready access to the abstracts.
Comments from reviews of the first two parts:
‘a wealth of local topographical and genealogical evidence’
‘the standard of editing is very high’
‘ a very useful volume, from which much is to be learnt both about the history of both landed society in Gloucestershire and conveyancing’
‘a veritable mine for the students of personal and place-names’
The edition is completed with a revised Bibliography of Christopher Elrington’s works, spanning a scholarly career of some 55 years