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Home > Local History > English Town Rankings - 1377 (Based on Taxpaying Populations)

English Town Rankings in 1377
Rank Town
1 York
2 Bristol
3 Coventry
4 Norwich
5 Lincoln
6 Salisbury
7 King's Lynn
8 Colchester
9 Boston
10 Beverley
11 Newcastle
12 Canterbury
13 Bury St Edmunds
14 Oxford
15 Gloucester
16 Leicester
17 Shrewsbury
18 Great Yarmouth
19 Hereford
20 Cambridge
21 Ely
22 Plymouth
23 Exeter
24 Hull
25 Worcester
26 Ipswich
27 Northampton
28 Nottingham
29 Winchester
30 Scarborough
31 Stamford
32 Newark
33 Ludlow
34 Southampton
35 Pontefract
36 Reading
37 Derby
38 Litchfield
39 Newbury
40 Wells
41 Bridgnorth
42 Cirencester


The table is based upon figures compiled by Professor Beresford of the University of Leeds and most of the difficulties discussed for the 1334 table apply to this table also. According to Hoskins, "The local historian will also bear in mind that this is an exceptional period for population statistics, in the middle of half a century of devastating outbreaks of plague which hit different towns with varying force. Some of the changes in ranking since 1334 would therefore be abnormal, e.g. Newcastle and Great Yarmouth. In the case of Newcastle the drop was temporary (see the 1523-27 table), but at Great Yarmouth it was a more permanent fall from which there was little or no recovery until about 1600. It will be noted, too, that where poll-tax assessments or certificates are missing for particular places, it has been necessary to make an estimate of the population in 1377."