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Murray, Katharine M. E., ed., "The Customs of Romney " in The Register of Daniel Rough, Common Clerk of Romney, 1353-1380 (Canterbury: Kent Archaeological Society Records Branch (Kent Records, 16))

Text name(s): The Customs of Romney

Number of pages of primary source text: 27


Dates: 1300 - 1350

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • Latin


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: made in 1564, and attached to back of volume

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: Kent; Romney

Record Types: 

  • Custumal

Subject Headings: 

  • Economy - Crafts and Industry
  • Economy - Trade
  • Family / Children
  • Government
  • Law - Secular
  • Maritime
  • Towns / Cities



The beginning section is missing, but the remaining ordinances (most in Anglo-Norman) cover the responsibilities of the Jurats (the chief town officials), customs concerning trade, the freemen, inheritance, pledges, debts, crimes, and local taxes. The custumal also contains many clauses regarding the peculiar privileges of Romney as a Cinque Ports town. The editor also provides extensive notes comparing Romney’s custumal to that of other Cinque Ports towns. See also F. W. Cock, “A Custumal of New Romney,” Archaeologia Cantiana, 51 (1940 for 1939), 188-90.

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Cataloger: MAK