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Hampshire’s accounts have been hailed as among the world’s most important records.

The Winchester Pipe Rolls, which document the manorial accounts of the Bishop of Winchester from 1208-1711, are one of 20 artefacts in the UK to have won a place on the Unesco Memory of the World scheme.

The Memory of the World programme highlights documentary records of cultural significance specific to the UK and raises awareness across the UK and the world, of some of the country’s historical riches.

The Pipe Rolls include 328 documents which have been used by national and international historians to learn about the history of southern England.

They include details to help historians build a picture of medieval life, including crop yields, wages, prices, construction and the weather.

Among other details, they include records of the Black Death’s impact on rent payments and deaths of tenants in the 14th century.

Unesco is the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.