Provincial towns: streets and squares, 1660–1750

Emma Griffin

in England's Revelry

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263211
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734427 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Provincial towns: streets and squares, 1660–1750

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This chapter discusses two distinct forms of street recreation in the century that followed the Restoration. It begins with the almost forgotten tradition of bull-baiting in the early modern market place. The chapter also looks at the civic celebrations and street bonfires, which were made familiar in frequent descriptions by eighteenth-century urban elites and modern historians. It looks at the subtle changes in the ways civic authorities regarded these pastimes during the period.

Keywords: street recreation; Restoration; bull-baiting; early modern market place; civic celebrations; street bonfires; civic authorities

Chapter.  11868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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