Review of progress made in the publication of The Local Historian and its predecessor, The Amateur Historian, tracing the origins of the journal and the various changes in its style and content. The author was for many years the editor of the journal and in this article presents an overview of the way that the publication reflected changes in local history itself.
Review of the development of local history in which the author suggests that it gained early momentum from the growth of agrarian and rural history in the 1950s, but that as a discipline it was unable to absorb and benefit from these new specialisms. The growth of demographic and urban history in the 1960s also affected local history, but these new themes were seen as too specialist for the essentially amateur 'local' historian. He suggests that more emphasis should be placed on recent historical development, in order to understand the rural past more fully, and that the real solution to this dilemma lies in synthesising several 'specialist' approaches to capture the most complete local picture.
Substantial in-depth article on the 14th and 15th century wool trade between England and the Continent, in which the author details the growth of the trade and its importance to Crown revenues, as well as examining the complex administrative processes for managing the trade and its financial implications which evolved in the English ports. The article focuses on the extensive documentary evidence available to the researcher, covering the activities and customs procedures of individual ports and (using this as a source) the revenues being generated. These records provide a rich resource for the history and general commercial activity of individual port towns, as well as shedding light on trends in trade and relationships between legislative change and trade fluctuation. Extensive use is made of computer-based data to illustrate these processes and an excellent series of graphs show trends in exports, differentiated by port, region, and product.
Brief note about a 16th century document which gives estimates of building materials required for a specific construction project, and in which a number of technical calculations are made: this document represents a useful indicator of the growing sophistication of such practices in the Tudor period.