Yorkshire, East Riding

The East Riding includes a range of rural parishes, market towns such as Hedon, Patrington and Bridlington, and the larger ports of Beverley and Hull. The Beverley records (fully surveyed) reflect a long tradition of drama: a regularly-performed Corpus Christi cycle and an occasional Pater Noster play, as well as town waits and visiting performers licensed by magnates. The material includes a range of town documents: the ‘Great Guild Book’ (c.1400-1589), accounts (from 1366), Governors’ and Mayors’ Minute Books, and the ‘Small Order Book’. Religious guild returns and antiquarian material have also been extracted, and there may be further material in local wills and ecclesiastical records.

Early surveys of other parts of the Riding suggest much local variation: Hull seems to have had little locally-produced drama other than a Noah play, but did sponsor town waits and visiting performers. A full series survives of town council MSS, the Bench Books, as well as City Chamberlains’ accounts and the records of the Guild of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Trinity Guild. The Hedon records, mostly compiled by the 19th-century antiquarian Gillyat Sumner, include medieval churchwardens’ accounts referring to town waits.

Rural church and manorial records might show different patterns of activity from those in the market towns and ports; there is evidence of a touring circuit of performers within local areas – for example, players from Cottingham appear in the records of Beverley and York. Wills, manor and church court records and family papers have yet to be searched.

Pre-publication records currently available

Map of locations relating to Yorkshire East Riding records

Beverley Minster Church, abbey, priory or similar 53.83926,-0.424544 Beverley Minster, the Parish Church of St. John and St. Martin, Minster Yard North, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 0DP. 01482 868540
Beverley, Yorkshire East Riding Town or village 53.844527,-0.434675 Beverley, town and civil parish, East Riding of Yorkshire (Holderness)
Bridlington, Yorkshire, East Riding Town or village 54.094033,-0.199242 Bridlington, town and civil parish, East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley Library, archive or collection 53.851717,-0.427895 East Riding of Yorkshire Archives Service, County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA
Hedon Town or village 53.740488,-0.195107 Hedon, town and parish, East Riding of Yorkshire (Holderness).
Hull (Kingston-upon-Hull), Yorkshire East Riding Town or village 53.756831,-0.334511 Hull (renamed 'Kingston-upon-Hull', 1299), East Riding of Yorkshire
Patrington Town or village 53.684026,-0.013053 Patrington, town and parish, East Riding of Yorkshire (Holderness).
York Minster Cathedral 53.962272,-1.081985 York Minster, Deangate, York YO1 7HH. 01904 557200