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    Posted 2020-06-03 11:34:53 by Andrew Prescott

    'The People of 1381' project is freatured in the current (Spring 2020) issue of the Essex Journal, a magazine of local history and archaeology for Essex. Published since 1966, Essex Journal is one of the most successful and exciting local history journals in the UK and the bodies represented on its editorial board include the Friends of Historic Essex, Essex Record Office and the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Further details of the Essex Journal including articles from back issues and subscription details are available at:

    The Essex Journal feature on 'The People of 1381' shows project team member Herbert Eiden investigating the life of the rebel John Werkman, one of several people indicted by Henry English, sheriff of Cambridgeshire, for an attack on English's manor of Birdbrook in Essex, one of the incidents in the early stages of the revolt. Herbert is shown reading an account roll from 1378-9 for Earl's Colne (D/DPr 119) which refers to Werkman holding five acres of land for which he paid 3s 8d a year.