b'Future ResearchMike PrattI t all started with a document from the archives atof Inquisitions Miscellaneous II, 1307-49 (HMSO, Hull University 1 . The name against it was as follows: London, 1916), no. 1710, pp. 422-3.Extents of the Temporalities of the ArchbishopricFollowing on from this, a further attempt was of York, 14 Edward III. [County Placita, Chancery,made to obtain the portion of this document relating Yorkshire, No 180] 2 to Wylton by asking for a copy via the NAs online service. But because it would have taken more The catalogue description listed the temporalitiesthan the allowed 20 minutes for the document to covered as: be scanned by an NA operative the request was Patryngton, Burton, Skytby, Eloughton,declined! It is possible that a request to copy the Wylton, Wetwang, Thorp, Tharlesthorp,complete document via the online service might Frismersk succeed but this was not attempted.So, the way is clear for someone to follow this This is educational in itself as you see that Wiltonup! A visit to the National Archives in Kew with the is not the only spelling that has to be used to trackreference should do the trick. Although the item down relevant items. looks as though it has still not been catalogued, the I found the reference via the internet catalogue so Iprovision of the reference number should be enough had to phone Hull University to check the details. Theyto view the item. A visual check to find the Wylton said that they were about to close for an extendedreference is all that is needed to ask for a copy of the period but they could photocopy the document forrelevant portion.me and send it in the post. I waited excitedly onlyOf course, once the relevant portion is copied the to find that the document was a translation of thereal work begins to decipher the medieval handwriting introductory paragraphs and the Patrington portionand to obtain a translation of the medieval Latin text. only. It was very detailed but it was only part of theBut it is possible that the details relate to a time when document and not the part I was interested in. the Archbishops residence at Wilton was still in use or We visited the National Archives at Kew after thisat least useable. We know it was in a ruinous state by and although we came away with a lot of relevant1388 but in 1340, after the Scottish raids but before documents we could not find this one in the cataloguethe ravages of the Black Death, there might have been and help from the assistants with the information wesufficient remaining to report on.had proved fruitless also.It was not until we saw a report on excavations at the Otley Archbishops residence written up by Jean Le Patourel 3 that we came across a proper referenceIn looking for a snippet to fill this space, to the same document: P.R.O. (Public Records Office),I was struck by the broad range of C145/140/7. It was telling, we thought, that this wasinformants we have received material clearly a reference pertaining to a document obtainedfrom over the years. Current residents, from the P.R.O. before it moved to Kew. Had theformer residents and the descendents document been lost, we wondered? A further checkof both; those who still live in the area using the online catalogue with the newly acquiredand those who have moved away; reference number did not help. We were stuck! those interested in related academic & I pushed the problem to the back of my mind untilhistorical topics (including professional I realised that you can query things with the Nationalarchaeologists & medieval Latinists) who Archives (NA). In 2007 I wrote a letter and received ahave little interest in our village - the list is reply which clarified the problem: long. Although we cannot name names, Descriptions of individual inquisitions in C 145in this small space we offer big thanks for (Chancery: Miscellaneous Inquisitions) have not yet been entered onto our Catalogue, although we willall the contributions and support we have soon begin a project to do this. The reference isreceived.accurate; the 1340 inquest to determine the value of Archbishop of Yorks lands is the seventh item in the file 140. It has been summarized in the Calendar 1The archives are at the Hull History Centre now, they have been moved from the Brynmor Jones Libraryat Hull.2The Hull Archive reference number is DHO/6/62.3Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Volume 45, 1973, H. E. Jean Le Patourel.414 BULLETIN 20'