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Agriculture and society in Glamorgan, 1660-1760

During the period 1660-1760, Glamorgan was a predominantly rural and peasant county. Arable and animal husbandry, and their ancillary tasks, provided the only sources of livelihood for the majority of the people who were concentrated mainly in the…

The Laws of Settlement : Their impact on the poor inhabitants of the Daventry area of Northamptonshire, 1750-1834

The aim of this thesis has been to analyse the Laws of Settlement. It is based on a collection of documents at the Northamptonshire Record Office which originated in the offices of several long-established firms of solicitors.;It is obvious that the…

Change and decay: The Warwickshire Manors of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield from the late thirteenth to the late sixteenth centuries

This thesis consists of an in-depth study of the medieval Warwickshire manors of the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield: Chadshunt and Nether Itchington which succumbed to depopulation and Gaydon, Upper Itchington and Tachbrook which continue to…

Parochial clergy of the Archdeaconry of Coventry, c. 1500 – c. 1600

This thesis sets out to analyse the size, distribution and character of the clerical profession in the archdeaconry of Coventry between circa 1500 and the close of Elizabeth's reign. The focus of the thesis, therefore, is firmly on the parochial…

The social and economic history of Banbury between 1830 and 1880

The period between the Reform Bill and the Agricultural Depression was one of the 'golden ages' of the English market town. Some towns enjoyed at this time a new lease of prosperity, and at the same time gained an unusual degree of freedom from…

Peasant society in a Midlands manor: Great Horwood, 1400-1600

This thesis investigates peasant society during the transition from the medieval to the modern period, through a detailed study of a south Midlands village, Great Horwood in north Buckinghamshire, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (with…

Rural society in the manor courts of Northamptonshire, 1350-1500.

The lives of medieval English peasants were influenced more by the manor than any other secular institution. Through its court they resolved disputes, received customary holdings, engaged in the land market and were subject to manorial discipline.…