York under the Tudors: The Trading Life of the Northern Capital
The editor, in a recent survey of the sources available for a study of inland trade in early modern England, has reminded us of the neglect of the subject. In this essay I shall try to remedy the deficiency for one small corner of the field, showing (I hope) how much we can learn from the scrappy records available, even of one city over a single century. The emphasis will be on inland traffic rather than the better-documented overseas trade, and this alteration of the usual balance is deliberate. Professor Everitt suggests that overseas trade between 1570 and 1770 was perhaps only a fifth of the volume of inland trade, and yet it has all but monopolised attention in most studies of the Tudor economy.
KeywordsSixteenth Century Market Town River Port Overseas Trade Canal Scheme
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