Provincial England: Essays in Social and Economic History

Provincial England: Essays in Social and Economic History

Provincial England: Essays in Social and Economic History

Provincial England: Essays in Social and Economic History

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In this book I have gathered together a number of essays which have been published in various places during the last dozen years or so. They have two things in common: they are concerned entirely with various aspects of English social and economic history, and they are devoted to what might be called the Provinces of England. Hence the title of the book. Some of these essays were published in places difficult of access for interested readers, and some are now difficult to obtain at all. Two essays have not hitherto been published. Of these, that on 'The Highland Zone in Domesday Book' was written especially for this book. The other, on 'The Rediscovery of England' was first given as three talks in the Third Programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and I am indebted to the Corporation for permission to publish them here, slightly amended in style but not in substance.

For permission to publish the essays which have already appeared in print elsewhere I am grateful to various editors and publishers: to the Wool Education Society for 'Sheep Farming in Saxon and Medieval England', originally published as a pamphlet in 1955; to the Council of the Royal Historical Society for 'English Provincial Towns in the Early Sixteenth Century', originally published in the Transactions of the Society for 1956; to Longmans, Green & Co. Ltd. for 'An Elizabethan Provincial Town: Leicester', which first appeared in Studies in Social History: A Tribute to G. M. Trevelyan (1955); and to the editors of Past and Present for 'The Rebuilding of Rural England, 1570-1640', which appeared in that journal in November 1953.

To the editor of Agricultural History I am obliged for permission to reprint 'The Leicestershire Farmer in the Seventeenth Century', which first appeared in that journal in 1951.

Four of the essays originally appeared in the Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society. These were 'Croft Hill' (1950), 'The Origin and Rise of Market Harborough' (1949), 'Seven Deserted Village Sites in Leicestershire' (1956), and 'The Population of an English Village, 1086-1801' (1957). For permission to reprint these essays I am grateful to the editor and committee of the Society, as also for the loan of the blocks of the line-maps illustrating the essays on Market Harborough and the . . .

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