- October 1985 · 272pages · 290x220mm
- ·Hardback - 9780708309070
to 1480, few of which have previously been published. In addition to charters recording the gifts and purchases whereby the abbey's estates were built up, there are over 170 leases which provide considerable information on the administration of the estates and the general history of leasehold tenure. Over forty mortgages are included, a type of document which rarely survives; some of the more unusual ones reveal the influence of Welsh customs of land tenure, especially in the area around Oswestry. There is information on other counties, such as Norfolk and Sussex where the abbey also had property. In addition, there is much of general interest, and there are detailed liturgical regulations -hitherto sparsely available for the Augustinian canons - and accounts of religious services not usually included in a cartulary. Over 100 charters relate to the town of Shrewsbury, providing valuable material not only for local historians but also for all those interested in medieval boroughs in general.
"Dr. Rees had edited her text with care and thoroughness and provided an introduction, a full apparatus of notes and excellent name and subject indexes to guide the searcher. The joint publishers are to be congratulated for a fine piece of book production." -Welsh History Review