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Title: The Rural Estate through the Eyes of the Land Agent: A Community in Microcosm c1812 - 1844
Authors: Beardmore, Carol
First Published: 29-Mar-2016
Publisher: Maney Publishing for Family and Community Historical Research Society
Citation: Family and Community History, 2016, 19(1), pp. 17-33
Abstract: This article explores how the Castleman/Anglesey archive forms a micro-study of an estate and its associated rural community at work. It will survey the type of data which can be found within the land agent’s estate vouchers and diurnal correspondence and why they are important. It will begin by examining the concepts and ideology of the rural community and seek to explain why it is so hard to define. The article will then investigate how a micro-study can assist in understanding the ways in which estates reacted to periods of economic difficulties. This will include: why landowners left rent arrears to accrue, the types of petition which the local populace presented, the reasoning behind improving landscapes and the ways an estate contributed to the relief of the labouring poor. The Castleman archive reveals the multi-layered, complex nature of the rural community and the diverse role of the land agent in balancing the relationships which existed within it. In effect it acts as an historical prism.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14631180.2016.1144958
ISSN: 1463-1180
eISSN: 1751-3812
Embargo on file until: 29-Mar-2018
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Maney Publishing. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. Following the embargo period this version associated with this record is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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