With characteristic honesty and intellectual rigour, Susan Reynolds has challenged the historians of Englishmedievaltowns to move on from the accumulation of evidence and ‘to think more about their reasoning, their assumptions, and the concepts that lie behind the words they use . . . . 1 She has not, herself, written directly about wards, whether in London or elsewhere, nor, for that matter, has anyone else except the indefatigable Webb partnership more than a hundred years ago. 2 Susan Reynolds’s own interests have moved away from English urban history
HRO W/D1/13 rot. 10d.
Richard Holt and Nigel Baker, ‘Towards a geography of sexual
encounter: prostitution in Englishmedievaltowns’, in Lynne Bevan (ed.),
Indecent Exposure: Sexuality, Society and the Archaeological Record
(Glasgow: Cruithne Press, 2001), p. 205; Jones, Gender and Petty Crime , pp.
McIntosh, Controlling Misbehavior , pp. 98–99.
Jones, Gender and Petty Crime , p. 186
), Town Courts , pp. 176–199.
Jane Laughton provided an overview of women in Chester’s city courts: ‘Women in
court: some evidence from fifteenth-century Chester’ in Nicholas Rogers (ed.)
England in the Fifteenth Century (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994), pp.
On urban populations, rankings and the urban hierarchy, see Alan
Dyer, ‘Ranking lists of Englishmedievaltowns’ in D.M. Palliser (ed.), The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, vol.1 600–1540
Kümin, ‘Masses, morris and metrical
psalms’, p. 76. For Westminster and the parish of St Margarets
see Holt and Rosser (eds), EnglishMedievalTown , pp.
228–9. For parishes in south-eastern England see Johnston and
MacLean, ‘Reformation and resistance’. For a discussion
of the profession