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The government of Sunderland was determined by its status as a medieval borough.

As the port developed its overseas trade, Sunderland began to appear on sea charts and navigational guides.

Glass making was one of the industries which developed in later 17th century Sunderland, taking advantage of the supply of otherwise unsaleable coa

Bricks and tiles have been used for building in Ledbury for centuries.

Image: handbill advertising winter services from the White Hart Inn (by John Alleway), 1717. Read more, or read Alleway's will

Image: an 'improved' Kennet or Thames and Severn canal-type barge at Henley bridge (engraving c.1834)

Image: The waterfront south of New Street around 1813, the former Anchor pub in the foreground.

Until the 19th century Dunster was more important as a retail centre than Minehead. Dunster mercers were recorded from the 15th to 19th centuries a

These transcripts of 21 Oxenhall probate inventories have been prepared by volunteer effort at the

Salisbury had markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 1361 and 1960; there was no market on the other four to encourage trade in Old Sarum and Wi