Biggest Cities and Towns in England - 1377 AD

Can you name the most populous cities and towns in England in the year 1377?
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Last updated: June 4, 2019
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Population
City or Town
23,314
London
7,248
York
6,345
Bristol
4,817
Coventry
3,952
Norwich
3,569
Lincoln
3,226
Salisbury
3,217
King's Lynn
2,955
Colchester
2,871
Boston
Population
City or Town
2,663
Beverley
2,647
Newcastle
2,574
Canterbury
2,445
Bury St Edmunds
2,357
Oxford
2,239
Gloucester
2,101
Leicester
2,083
Shrewsbury
1,941
Great Yarmouth
1,903
Hereford
Population
City or Town
1,902
Cambridge
1,772
Ely
1,700
Plymouth
1,560
Exeter
1,557
Kingston upon Hull
1,557
Worcester
1,507
Ipswich
1,477
Northampton
1,447
Nottingham
1,440
Winchester
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Oct 12, 2021
This was about 30 years after the Black Death. The population of England was just 2.5 million. But the population would continue to fall, reaching a nadir of just 1.9 million in 1450.

It's nice to realize how hard life use to be and how our modern problems are very small in comparison.

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Level 67
Jun 5, 2019
all of them are smaller than my town.
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Level 85
Jun 7, 2019
How big was your town in 1377 AD ?
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2019
They would all have been rather bigger 30 years earlier.
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Level 61
Mar 30, 2021
I live in a relativley small town and it is still larger than all of these.
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Level 56
Jun 6, 2019
Great quiz, thanks! Got 21, frustratingly difficult, but only annoyed I missed Leicester.
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Level 69
Jun 6, 2019
Great quiz! Yes, it's difficult if, like me, you’re not English, but knowing the cathedrals does help.
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Level 66
Aug 23, 2019
Yes, I got most from the cathedrals rolling off my tongue. Plus a few football teams.
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Level 83
Aug 23, 2019
I got 9
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Level 78
Aug 24, 2019
Eleven here, but angry at self for missing at least seven more, including Salisbury - I need to read Edward Rutherford's Sarum again.
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Level 47
Aug 23, 2019
Enjoyed this one! Cathedrals, castles ans colleges hold many clues...
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Level 61
Aug 23, 2019
Really good quiz! Only managed 20 but really made me think
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Level 77
Aug 23, 2019
I got 21 all from naming towns in New England.
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Level 84
Aug 23, 2019
Same. I only had a handful until I figured out that old Massachusetts towns were named after old English towns. Weird way of getting them but it works . . .
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Level 59
Aug 23, 2019
Surprisingly difficult, even for an Englishman. So many of our biggest cities now were tiny before the industrial era, or at least the tudors.
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2020
Wow...number 8 and 10! Seriously, I was in number 8 on Sunday night and it can't be much bigger now, just with a Tesco and Sainsburys.
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Level 77
Nov 22, 2021
#8 now has a population of around 43k. So not a particularly big town by today's standards, but more than 13 times the size it was in 1377.
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Level 41
Mar 9, 2020
why is the notre dame as the picture?
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Level 76
May 19, 2020
It's Lincoln Cathedral.
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Level 36
Nov 22, 2021
Blimey, it looks nothing like Notre Dame!
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2020
Going for the '...cester' and '...chester's seemed a good plan. But not for Chester itself! No Manchester either, I wonder why? Looking on wikipedia there are 30 odd Manchesters in the US alone, there's even one in Bolivia incredibly.
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Level 57
Apr 17, 2020
many northern cities only really became wel-populated during the industrial revolution when manufacturing took hold
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Level 54
Nov 21, 2021
Interestingly, there are a lot of cities and towns from East Anglia in these 30. I doubt if there would be one in top 30 today, other than Norwich of course.
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Level 66
Oct 15, 2020
There are loads of "chesters/casters/cesters" because the word comes from the Roman "castrum" which was a military camp or fort. They were known for building lots of these!
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2020
Very much enjoyed this, challenging for a native whose mediaeval history is a bit weak but managed 21 by cathedrals, colleges and camps! Hats off to the non-Brits who scored so highly.
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2020
Beverley! I would never have guessed that :-S
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Level 60
Nov 30, 2020
I got some from guessing the subdivisions in England, and then some towns in New England. Also, Boston is a place in the UK?! What!
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Level 36
Nov 22, 2021
Considering that a huge amount of places in New England are named after places in England, is it really a surprise that Boston, Mass. is named after a place in England as well?
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Level 80
Jan 18, 2021
so many people in the east back then, round Norfolk and Suffolk...
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Level 80
Jan 18, 2021
well I say 'so many'. A few thousand
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Level 62
Nov 24, 2021
Compared to the rest of the nation it is a lot but they probaply could all fit inside Wembley stadium.
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Level 63
Nov 21, 2021
Aren't you forgetting Milton Keynes???
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Level 68
Nov 21, 2021
Holy crap, I'm from the UK and I could hardly get 20. Bloomin' 'ell