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pipe rolls. The great rolls of the Exchequer are preserved in the Public Record Office from the reign of Henry II to that of William IV. Their nickname is taken from their tubular appearance. Since they include the accounts of the sheriffs and deal with crown revenue and crown lands, they are a very valuable historical source. A society for the publication of pipe rolls was founded in 1883 and has published nearly 100 volumes. A useful survey of the system of the Exchequer is to be found in volume 1 of the society's new series (1925).

J. A. Cannon

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pipe rolls

pipe rolls, ancient records of the crown revenue and expenditures of England, so called, probably, because of the pipelike form of the rolled parchments on which these records were kept. The oldest extant pipe roll dates from the 31st year of the reign of Henry I (1130), and from 1156 they are almost completely intact. The earliest of these records have been published and are an invaluable source for social and administrative history. The pipe rolls were not completely abandoned for modern accounting methods until 1833.

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