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Interactive version ©2006 R.J.PENHEY
The Bourne Archive
Fenland Notes and Queries. This will have been originally in the quarterly Part 2, July 1889. Edited by W.H. Bernard Saunders, F.R. Hist. Soc.
Articles 1 to 237 (April 1889 to October 1891) were
re-published as Volume 1, in 1891, by Geo. C. Caster,
This quarterly periodical which, from the second volume (part 12) became associated with the name of W.D. Sweeting, took the form of a forum in which people sent in questions about the history, ecology and so on of the Fens and the region’s environs and others replied with some sort of answer. Some ‘answers’ seem to have been spontaneous, so qualifying as ‘notes’.
My thanks are due to the trustees of the Willoughby Memorial Library for the loan of the copy from which the following was transcribed.
26. – Price of
Wheat, &c., at Ramsey, in 1317. – From Dugdale’s Monasticon and other sources, it appears that
“During the great dearth which commenced in 1314, after great floods, and
lasted until 1318; the price of corn at Ramsey in 1317
was 24s. per quarter; three years before it was 7s. per quarter
(6d.) is one fortieth (0.025) of a pound Sterling, while 40d. is £0.16666. An imperial
quarter of grain is eight bushels or 8 x 0.036369 = 0.290952 cubic metre. The
quarter used in dealing in medieval Ramsey will have differed from this but
have been broadly comparable but that is not really important. The key issue is
the fluctuation over a short period. This was a simple case of supply and
demand. The climate had been relatively
kind since the beginning of the millennium and by the standards of the time,
people had become prosperous. They had also become more numerous. For example,
in Bourne, by the early 13th century, economic and population
pressure had caused the south
the end of the thirteenth century, in Bourne, The Watergang (