pipe rolls

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The financial account presented to the Exchequer by the sheriffs of England. The earliest surviving roll dates from 1130 and there is an almost unbroken series from 1156 to 1832. The rolls were compiled by the clerks of the treasury and included details of rents, leases, and other royal revenues. Their name originated with the practice of enrolling the records on a rod, or “pipe”.

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