7th May - Locality and Region Seminar - The Economics of Locality in Early Modern England

7 May, 2013 - 17:15
Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, London WC1 7HE

The Economics of Locality in Early Modern England - Brodie Wadell


Belonging to a local community was a vital part of ‘making-shift’ in early modern England. To be a ‘neighbour’ or ‘inhabitant’, rather than a ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’, had a profound effect on one’s economic situation. This talk reviews how the boundaries of ‘locality’ manifested themselves in urban crafts and trades, parish poor relief, manorial common rights, neighbourly charity, and even food riots. Rather than following previous work in focusing on a particular type of locality, this paper provides a more holistic overview of the logic that underlay these various sources of identity, solidarity and conflict.

Brodie Waddell is a lecturer at Birkbeck (U. of London). He has authored a history of Barlow (West Riding of Yorks) for the VCH; Landscape and Rural Society in the Vale of York, c.1500-1800 (Borthwick Paper no. 120; 2011); 'Governing England Through the Manor Courts, 1550-1850', Historical Journal (2012); and God, Duty and Community in English Economic Life, 1660-1720 (2012).