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

The West Midlands

Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire

Collection of the alien subsidies in the West Midland counties was a patchy affair. Comparatively few people were assessed in the early years, the most being in Staffordshire, and by the time of the 1453 tax, the officials often simply sent in nil returns. Most of the recorded immigrants were French or Irish, and apart from servants, very few occupations were recorded. However, there were exceptions, such as John Bigge, an Irish glazier living in Leominster, and Janyn Moynor, a French tanner in Hereford.

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