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The suburbs of Victorian Oxford: growth in a pre-industrial city

This study examines the origins, growth and subsequent character of the Victorian suburbs of Oxford, a small provincial city with no industrial base. Major sources include newspapers, census enumerators' returns, deposited plans, and plan registers,…

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…

The Role of Windsor Castle during the English Civil Wars, 1642–1650

This thesis examines the hitherto somewhat neglected but crucial role of the Windsor Castle garrison during the English Civil War and addresses three major themes: the role of garrison warfare, its logistics and supply, and portrayals of the garrison…

The rise of suburban Exeter and the naming of its streets and houses, c1801-1907

This is a study of the rise of the suburbs of Exeter, the county town of Devon, between the years 1801-1907. The dates chosen coincide with the publication of the first detailed Census Return (1801) and the completion of the first Local Authority…

The profane and the sacred: Expressions of belief in the domestic buildings of Southern Fenland, circa 1500 to 1700AD

Historical and cultural geographers have in the recent past argued for a more dynamic and critical geography of architecture and suggested that researchers pay greater attention to domestic architecture and the spaces within the home. My original…

The politics of sudden death: the office and role of the coroner in England and Wales, 1726-1888

The office of coroner has attracted little attention from academic historians. This thesis presents the first comprehensive study of the role across England and Wales between 1726 and 1888. It engages with, and throws new light on, some of the major…

The Politics of Canal Construction: The Ashby Canal, 1781-1804

Between 1781-1804 the residents of a number of parishes in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire found themselves on the receiving end of the promotion and construction of the Ashby Canal. As with most new developments, especially those that…

The Polden Hill Manors of Glastonbury Abbey : Land and people circa 1260 to 1351

Research for this thesis draws on evidence from manorial surveys of 1189, 1239, 1260, 1317 and 1325 and all extant court and account (compotus) rolls pertaining to the manors of Shapwick with Moorlinch, Ashcott, Walton, Street and Greinton in the…

The Peasant land-market in Berkshire during the later Middle Ages

Small-scale traffic in land was endemic in peasant society and is reflected in the earliest surviving court rolls of the thirteenth century. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, a fall in the manorial population and the leasing of demesne…