Books to explore
Bricks of Victorian London
Author: Peter Hounsell
The companies that made the bricks employed many thousands of men, women and children and their working lives, homes and culture are looked at here, as well as the journey towards better working conditions and wages.
Managing for Posterity
Author: Elizabeth Griffiths
The Norfolk Gentry and their Estates c.1450–1700
Author: Janet Berry
By the first decades of the twentieth century Moseley had become part of the metropolis of Birmingham. This engaging account of the process from village to fully integrated suburb will be of particular interest to urban historians.
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Author: Iain Taylor , David Killingray
This book offers a fresh perspective on British history in the long nineteenth century through the lens of a study of Sevenoaks and the surrounding area of West Kent.
St Albans: A history
Author: Mark Freeman
Mark Freeman’s classic history of St Albans, first published in 2008, has been substantially rewritten by the author and brought fully up to date, making it an invaluable guide to more than two thousand years of St Albans’s history.
A Prospering Society
Author: John Hare
Wiltshire in the later Middle Ages
Bread and Ale for the Brethren
Author: Philip Slavin
The study of the food supply of late-medieval conventual households sheds much light on the wider process of decline and eventual collapse of direct demesne management in particular, and feudalism in general, in the post-Black Death era.
Cambridge and its Economic Region
Author: John S Lee
This book examines the relationship between a town and its region in the late medieval period. The population, wealth, trade and markets of Cambridge and its region are studied and the changes that took place over a century of economic and social transition are detailed.
Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society
Editor: James P Bowen , A.T. Brown
This book has an intentionally broad chronological span, ranging from the thirteenth century through to the eighteenth, exploring the interactions between custom and commercialisation during a key period in the economic development of English rural society.
Farmers, Consumers, Innovators
Editor: Richard Jones , Christopher Dyer
Joan Thirsk was the leading English agrarian historian of the late 20th century. This book is based on a conference held in her honour that was intended not to look back but rather to identify her relevance for historians now, and to present new work influenced and inspired by her.
Author: Letchworth Local History Research Group
In this richly illustrated account, Letchworth Local History Research Group look in detail at the town’s foundation in the early 1900s and the energetic organisation and administration that enabled it to get off the ground quickly and successfully.
Land and Family
Author: John Mullan , Richard Britnell
Trends and local variations in the peasant land market on the Winchester bishopric estates, 1263-1415.
New Directions in Local History Since Hoskins
Editor: Christopher Dyer , Andrew Hopper , Evelyn Lord , Nigel Tringham
Local history in Britain can trace its origins back to the sixteenth century and before, but it was given inspiration and a new sense of direction in the 1950s and 60s by the work of W.G. Hoskins.
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