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Acts of the Privy Council

 46 volumes.

Assize records

Assize records for London, 14th-16th centuries. 4 volumes.

Burton, Thomas; Diary of

The parliamentary diary of Thomas Burton, MP for Westmorland (1653-59). 4 volumes.

Commons, Debates of (Grey)

Debates (1667-94), collected by the Hon. Anchitell Grey, MP (10 vols). 10 volumes.

Commons, History and Proceedings (Chandler)

Extensive verbatim accounts of Commons debates, 1660-1739, in 10 volumes. 10 volumes.

Commons Journal

The official record of the House. Includes volumes 1-12 (1547-1699) & 85 (1830). 13 volumes.

Ecclesiastical court records

Records of consistory and other church courts 1 volume.

Eyres, records of

Records of courts of itinerant justices (13th century). 2 volumes.

Feet of Fines

Final concords for Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Sussex and Yorkshire. 16 volumes.

Glasgow Charters

Transcripts of charters and documents, 1175-1649. 2 volumes.

Glasgow, Records of the Burgh

Extracts from the Burgh records, 1573-1690. 3 volumes.

Lay subsidy records

Records of this occasional wealth tax (13th to 16th centuries). 8 volumes.

Foedera With Syllabus

The text of Rymer's Foedera (1704-1735), combined with an English summary. 5 volumes.

London chronicles, surveys and diaries

Includes Stow's 'Survey' and the diary of Henry Machyn. 7 volumes.

Lords Journal

The official record of proceedings in the House (1509-1793, 1830-2). 42 volumes.

Monastic and cathedral records

Cartularies and administrative records of monastic and cathedral churches. 13 volumes.

Parliament, Journals of (d'Ewes)

Accounts of debates of the Parliaments of Elizabeth I. 1 volume.

Parochial records

Churchwardens', parish clerks' and other parish records. 5 volumes.

Political organisations, records of

Records of extra-Parliamentary individuals and groups (18th and 19th centuries). 2 volumes.

Port, trade, bridge and customs records

Records for London and Bristol (15th to 18th centuries.) 8 volumes.

Quarter Sessions records

Records of the periodic courts of quarter sessions. 9 volumes.

Religious organisations, records of

Records of groups outside the Established church (18th and 19th centuries). 4 volumes.

Residence, records of

 2 volumes.

Statutes of the Realm

The full text of Statutes passed into law by the two Houses of Parliament. 3 volumes.

Taxation records (clerical)

Records of taxation of the church and clergy (14th century). 1 volume.

Taxation records (Hearth Tax)

Seventeenth-century hearth tax sources for London. 3 volumes.

Thurloe, State Papers

Collections of Thurloe, Secretary of State 1652-8, ed. Thomas Birch (7 volumes). 7 volumes.

Townshend, Historical Collections

Heywood Townshend's records of debates, 1589-1601. 1 volume.

Whitley, Roger; Diary

The parliamentary diary of Roger Whitley, 1684-97. 1 volume.

Wills and inventories

 6 volumes.

York, Register of Freemen

The Surtees Society edition of admissions to the freedom of the city, 1272-1759. 2 volumes.