Landed Estates and Rural Inequality in English History

From the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present

  • Eric L.  Jones

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

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About this book


Based on a detailed investigation of local sources, this book examines the history of the landed estate system in England since the mid-seventeenth century. Over recent centuries England was increasingly occupied by landed estates run by locally dominant and nationally influential owners. Historically, newcomers adopted the behaviour of existing landowners, all of whom presided over a relatively impoverished mass of rural inhabitants. Preferences for privacy and fine views led landowners to demolish or remove some whole villages.  Alongside extensive landscape remodelling, rights-of-way were often privatised, imposing a cost on the economy.

Social and environmental implications of the landed system as a whole are discussed and particular attention is paid to the nineteenth-century investment of industrial profits in estates. Why was the system so attractive and how was it perpetuated? Matters of poverty and inequality have always been of perennial interest to scholars of many persuasions and to the educated public; with this important book surveying environmental concerns in addition.  


Landed estates in English history Rural inequality Road capture Demolition of villages Mid-Seventeenth century England Poverty in English history Agricultural history Environmental history Economic history of landed estates Cotton industry Domestic service Glorious Revolution Labour migration Social apartheid Amenity motive Privacy motive Public assets Efficiency of social institutions Redistribution of wealth Rural poverty

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric L.  Jones
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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