West Country Farms: House-and-Estate Surveys, 1598-1764

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This major innovative study is centred on a type of document that has hitherto been almost unknown to scholars. It explores the significance of a unique source, the 'house-and-estate' survey - which adds detail of the village's houses, outhouses, and farm buildings to the standard evidence of an estate survey. These surveys are explored for South-West England for the period from the end of the 16th to the mid-18th centuries. The first part of the book examines the twenty West Country communities for which such surveys survive, using these documents to paint landscapes of individual farming communities caught at one moment in time - pictures that come as close as written records can to the complete archaeological excavation of village sites. It examines (a) The communities and their social structure, including land-holdings and demographic evidence. (b) The houses, covering construction and plan (including evidence from standing buildings); rooms and their use, and the pattern of housing revealed in the surveys. (c) The farmsteads, covering the buildings of the farmsteads (examining both standing buildings and documentary sources), the relationship of the farms to the regional economies, and the discovery of economic opportunities and contrasts between neighbours (an innovative study based on comparisons drawn from the survey evidence). The second part of the book considers each of the villages and their farms in detail. Each chapter introduces the place and its individual features, discusses the character of the houses, of the farmsteads and the farming economy as revealed in the surveys. This is followed by an abstract of the detailed information in the corresponding survey. The book includes an index including the many hundred West-country individuals named in the surveys, that will be of value to anyone working on the region.

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Part I: West Country Communities
Introduction
South-western England in the Seventeenth Century
The Estates
The Surveys
Communities and their Social Structure
The Size of Landholdings
Social Structure
Demographic Evidence
The Houses
House Construction and Plan
The Rooms of the House
The Evidence of the Surveys
The Farmsteads
The Buildings of the Farmsteads
Farmsteads and the Regional Economies
Economic Opportunities Among Neighbours
Part II: The Villages and the Farms
Introduction
Kenton (1598)
Survey of Kenton
Cornish Manors (1602-1606)
Survey of Cornish Manors
Sherford (1606)
Survey of Sherford
Farway and Whitwell (1609)
Survey of Farway and Whitwell
Seaton (1609 and 1682)
Surveys and leases of Seaton
Nettlecombe (1619)
Survey of Nettlecombe
Somerset Crown Estates (1606-1608)
Bedford Estates (1704)
Survey of Bedford Estates
Sidmouth (1764)
Survey of Sidmouth
Subject Index
Index of Persons
Index of Places

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Dr Nat Alcock is an emeritus reader at the University of Warwick. He has worked for many years recording vernacular buildings, compiling house histories and reconstructing households and lifestyles. Among his publications are Documenting the History of Houses and People at Home. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a past President of the Vernacular Architecture Group.

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An invaluable resource both for historians of vernacular architecture and society at large during the early modern period.' (John Stevenson English Historical Review)

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