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The land market anatomised

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719051081.003.0007
The land market anatomised

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Whilst impersonal economic forces shaped the land market, it was also the sum of hundreds if not thousands of individual decisions by property owners as to how best to use their land, whether to acquire more or sell what they already had, whether to bequeath all to a single heir or distribute land amongst several children or kin. The logic underpinning these individual decisions is largely lost to us, but by looking at the behaviour of individual copyholders, we can hope to establish something of the rationale underpinning the choices made by these people. This chapter concentrates on three aspects of the land market. It examines the acquisition and sale of land by individuals; the creation of larger holdings and its reverse, the division of holdings; and the use of land to endow children and dependent family members.

Keywords: land market; land acquisition; land sale; landholdings; endowment; Earls Colne

Chapter.  19722 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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