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In Search of the Average Craftsman: Understanding Skilled Work and Wages in the Early Modern Building Trades and Wider Economy

  • Judy Z. StephensonEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Abstract

The figures from London building accounts 1650–1800 that have been collected as ‘wages’ are no such thing. This chapter describes how skill and pay really worked in the London construction industry and asks whether Bowley’s assumptions about building craftsmen and the average worker can be upheld.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wadham College, University of OxfordOxfordUK

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