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A Perambulation of Cumberland 1687-1688 including descriptions of Westmorland, the Isle of Man and Ireland

DENTON, Thomas; WINCHESTER, Angus J. L.; WANE, Mary (eds.)

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ISBN 10: 0854440623 / ISBN 13: 9780854440627
Published by The Surtees Society and Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society/The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2003
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The Publications of the Surtees Society Vol. 207 and Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society Record Series Vol. XVI. [xiv], 606 p. 23 cm. Frontispiece portrait of Denton. Green cloth hardcover. During the 1680s, Sir John Lowther, Cumberland’s leading resident landowner and a rising star in national politics, commissioned local lawyer Thomas Denton (1637-1698) of Warnell, near Caldbeck, to write a description of Cumberland. Lowther appears to have wanted information about the value of estates, mills, mines and other landed property and an estimate of the population of each parish. Denton, however, was an antiquarian by inclination and, whether Lowther wanted this or not, used the opportunity to relate the history of each landed estate in the county from the earliest record right up to his own time. The result is this Perambulation of Cumberland." Appendices and indices of places, persons, and subjects. Bookseller Inventory # 106957

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Title: A Perambulation of Cumberland 1687-1688 ...

Publisher: The Surtees Society and Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society/The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As new

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This volume prints for the first time the 'perambulation' of Cumberland compiled by the lawyer, Thomas Denton, for Sir John Lowther of Lowther in 1687-8. Denton's manuscript provides the most detailed surviving description of the county in the seventeenth century. Taking the methods of earlier antiquaries as a framework, and incorporating much of the text of the history of Cumberland written c.1603 by John Denton, the perambulation includes a wealth of contemporary detail for almost every parish and township in the county, including particulars of land tenure, valuations of estates, population estimates, descriptions of buildings and the histories of landed families. Appended to the description of Cumberland, are a perambulation of Westmorland, and the texts of two important tracts, the genealogy of the Clifford family and a treatise on customary tenantright. The volume is rounded off by descriptions of the Isle of Man and Ireland, taken in part from Camden's Britannia but including detailed topographical accounts of Man and Dublin, based on Denton's own observations.

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ANGUS J.L. WINCHESTER is Senior Lecturer in History, Lancaster University.

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