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The Success of English Land Tax Administration 1643–1733

  • Attempts to rehabilitate land taxes in the growth of the English state

  • Describes the distinctive response to parliamentary legislation in the three case study areas

  • Challenges the judgment that the period after the Revolution is one of administrative decline for land taxes

  • Highlights the remarkable consistency of tax revenue flows in early eighteenth-century London and the importance of biannual financial cycles to the fiscal process


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Stephen Pierpoint
    Pages 1-53
  3. Stephen Pierpoint
    Pages 55-93
  4. Stephen Pierpoint
    Pages 95-195
  5. Stephen Pierpoint
    Pages 197-300
  6. Stephen Pierpoint
    Pages 345-357
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 359-400

About this book


This book provides a thorough review of early English land taxes of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It is a polemical work which is critical of the institutional English state narratives including Brewer’s ‘Sinews of Power’ and North and Weingast’s ‘credible commitment’ and some established works in the field particularly Ward’s ‘The English Land Tax in the Eighteenth-Century’ which is subject to a highly detailed critique. The book proposes that although this was a time of tension, with an English population divided by political and religious affiliations, unprecedented amounts of taxation were still collected. This was achieved by ceding immediate process ownership to local governors whilst arming them with clear success criteria, well-designed processes and innovative legislation targeted on a growing and commercialized economy. An important development was the state’s increasing ability to coordinate tax-gathering activities across the country. This book will be of interest to financial historians, academics, and researchers.  


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bartlett SchoolUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Stephen Pierpoint is a former tax manager in the oil industry and tax inspector. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate affiliated to the Bartlett School, University College London.  His current book is based on his Cambridge PhD thesis, but he has wide interests and has also written on the British Neolithic and Bronze Age. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Success of English Land Tax Administration 1643–1733
  • Authors Stephen Pierpoint
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90259-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07977-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90260-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 400
  • Number of Illustrations 44 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Financial History
    Financial Accounting
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