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Home > Local History > English Town Rankings - 1334 (Based on Tax Quota)

English Town Rankings in 1334
Rank Town
1 Bristol
2 York
3 Newcastle
4 Great Yarmouth
5 Lincoln
6 Norwich
7 Shrewsbury
8 Oxford
9 Salisbury
10 Boston
11 King's Lynn
12 Ipswich
13 Hereford
14 Canterbury
15 Beverley
16 Gloucester
17 Winchester
18 Southampton
19 Coventry
20 Cambridge
21 Stamford
22 Spalding
23 Exeter
24 Nottingham
25 Plymouth
26 Hull
27 Scarborough
28 Derby
29 Reading
30 Bampton (Oxon)
31 Rochester
32 Newbury
33 Northampton
34 Leicester
35 Colchester
36 Bridgwater
37 Newark
38 Peterborough
39 Cirencester
40 Bridgnorth
41 Bury St Edmunds
42 Ely


According to Hoskins, "The major difficulty here is the inclusion of suburbs which were an integral part of a town at this date. I have included suburbs of Bishop’s Lynn (King’s Lynn), Exeter, and Stamford in the respective totals, but the other towns may also need adjustment in this way. Only the local historian , familiar with the topographical history of his town, can settle this question for himself [or herself]. In some cases the assessment includes the outlying ‘members’ of a borough, and the ranking of the town itself is inflated accordingly. Ely and Peterborough are probably much over-rated here. The large and wealthy parishes of the Marshland around the Wash constitute a special difficulty. Some, like Pinchbeck (Lincs) and Terrington (Norfolk), were more highly assessed than half the towns in the list. But I have excluded all these cases, including more doubtful ones like Wisbech, on the ground that they were not towns or that the urban area was small in relation to the surrounding parish. It should be noted that Chester and Durham are not taxed in this list. Chester certainly would have ranked high had it been included."