England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 is a free, online, searchable database with over 64,000 names of people who migrated to England during the period which included the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death, the Wars of the Roses, and the Reformation.

“The information within this database has been drawn from a variety of published and un-published records – taxation assessments, letters of denization and protection, and a variety of other licences and grants – and offers a valuable resource for anyone interested in the origins, destinations, occupations and identities of the people who chose to make England their home during this turbulent period.”

This site includes some useful visualizations of the immigrant data including maps, pie charts and bar charts displaying country or region of origin (look at the fine print to see what percentage of the data is included in any visual).

“England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 is a major research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which has run between February 2012 and February 2015.   We are exploring the extensive archival evidence about the names, origins, occupations and households of a significant number of foreigners who chose to make their lives and livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses. The project contributes creatively to the longer-term history of immigration to England, and helps to provide a deep historical and cultural context to contemporary debates over ethnicity, multiculturalism and national identity. …The project is a collaboration between the University of York, The National Archives and the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.”


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