England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550 Resident Aliens in the Late Middle Ages

The South-west

Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire

The South West was home to a relatively large immigrant population. The most numerous were undoubtedly the French, particularly Normans and Bretons, and maritime links with the continent doubtless attracted immigrants from France and even the Low Countries, with towns like Fowey, Plymouth, Dartmouth, Bridport and Melcombe Regis having significant populations. Channel Islanders were also relatively common in 1440, although they were soon exempted from the subsidy. Meanwhile Bristol was a popular entry point for immigrants, especially the Irish, but while many of the over 600 people assessed there in 1440 were probably Irish, unfortunately the return gives few details.

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England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550 (www.englandsimmigrants.com, version 1.0, 6 October 2022), http://www.englandsimmigrants.com/page/sources/alien-subsidies/the-south-west