Definition of pipe roll in English:

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pipe roll

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The annual records of the British Exchequer from the 12th to the 19th century.
Example sentences
  • An exchequer record, a pipe roll, tells almost nothing about those sums which were paid into and out of the chamber.
  • Its name appears on a pipe roll, a medieval document that records accounts paid to the Government, dating from 1194.
  • The first surviving pipe roll for the financial year 1129-30 shows how the sheriffs and other royal officials were summoned to account at the Exchequer twice a year, at Easter and Michaelmas.


Probably so named because subsidiary documents were rolled in pipe form.

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