Stuart Mendelsohn runs a superb blog examining the medieval documents of Salford Hundred in Lancashire – an area he rightly points out is among the least explored in England, at least as far as medieval history is concerned.

He’s just uploaded some magnificent high-resolution scans of some of the charters relating to Spotland, near Rochdale, which he found in Chetham’s Library, Manchester. I am going to have to have a stab at translating some of these – but the first difficulty will be transcribing them. Medieval handwriting is not the easiest thing to decipher when you’re not an expert in it.

Here’s Stuart’s post with the charter images.

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