Bibliography of Maritime Trade by Port

The following works provide useful background and analyses of the overseas and coastal trade in medieval England (c. 1270 to 1520). [In progress]


Jones, Evan T. and Margaret M. Condon, Cabot and Bristol’s Age of Discovery: The Bristol Discovery Voyages 1480-1508 (University of Bristol, 23 Nov 2016). Available online (without some of the images) at

Connell-Smith, Gordon. Forerunners of Drake: A Study of English Trade with Spain in the Early Tudor Period. London, 1954. Online at

Smith, Brendan., ‘Late Medieval Ireland and The English Connection: Waterford and Bristol c.1360-c.1460’, Journal of British Studies, 50: 3 (2011)


Cobb, Henry S. The Overseas Trade of London Exchequer Customs Accounts, 1480-1. London Record Society, 27, xi-xlvii. London, 1990. Online at

Jenks, Stuart. “The London Customs Accounts: A Beginner’s Guide.” In The London Customs Accounts 24 Henry VI (1445-46), edited by Stuart Jenks. Quellen und Darstellungen zur Hansischen Geschichte, 74, xi-lx. Köln : Böhlau Verlag GmbH & Cie, 2018. See also the “Appendices,” 292-329. PDF available at The best introduction to the contents, organization, and format of the English customs accounts, particularly in the port of London.

Jenks, Stuart, ed. The London Customs Accounts

Kowaleski, Maryanne. “The Maritime Trade Networks of Late Medieval London.” In The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade Around Europe 1300-1600, edited by Wim Blockmans, Mikhail Krom and Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, 352-65. London: Routledge, 2017.


J. F. Wade. “The Overseas Trade of Newcastle upon Tyne in the Late Middle Ages,” Northern History 30 (1994): 31-48.


Rose, Susan. “The Port of Southampton in the Fifteenth Century: Shipping and Ship Masters.” Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club Archaeological Society 61 (2006): 174-81.