The land market quantified

H. R. French and R. W. Hoyle

in The Character of English Rural Society

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719051081
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700716 | DOI:
The land market quantified

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This chapter shows that a great deal of land was bought and sold in every decade, but, on a numerical calculation, especially in the 1630s. On the other hand, the retention of land for three or four generations — between 60 and 100 years — was not uncommon, and the inheritance of land was perfectly normal and perhaps expected. The 1630s was undoubtedly a decade of instability, but individual mishaps and misfortunes explain this as much as any underlying response to economic conditions. After 1650, the land market perhaps came close to re-achieving the stability of the three-quarters of a century before 1625. On 1 January 1625, one-third of the land in view was still retained by the families that held it in 1550. One-third of the land in 1725 was held by the families that held it in 1650, and in 1750, a little short of a third of the copyhold land in Earls Colne had been in familial possession for 75 years.

Keywords: landholding; land ownership; land market; Earls Colne; copyhold land

Chapter.  11684 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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