By Mark Overton

ISBN-10: 0521246822

ISBN-13: 9780521246828

This ebook is the 1st to be had survey of English agriculture among 1500 and 1850. Written particularly for college kids, it combines new fabric with an research of the present literature. It describes farming within the 16th century, analyzes the explanations for advancements in agricultural output and productiveness, and examines alterations within the agrarian economic system and society. Professor Overton argues that the impression of those similar alterations in productiveness and social and fiscal constitution within the century after 1750 quantity to an agricultural revolution.

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In these regions there were very few regulations constraining farmers' behaviour and most farmers were free to grow what they chose in the way they chose. 3 shows; in Norfolk they were confined to the shack period after the harvest, and in Devon both to the shack period and to land lying fallow at other times of the year. Finally, there were some field systems with noncommon subdivided fields where the common rights were confined to the waste, and, although the arable fields were subdivided, no common rights existed over them.

Thus copyholders who held land with non-free tenure could be de facto freeholders in the sense that their estate in land was for life or even in fee simple. , Northants 22 manors 18 Norfolk and Suffolk 36 39 manors South-west 44 manors 20 Dorset 49 manors 6 Customary Leasehold Uncertain 51 19 15 62 14 5 54 5 4 61 13 7 89 5 Originally, the holding of land for a term of years did not constitute an estate; if someone gave land to another (a tenant) for a term of years the tenant held no rights under the law since he held neither a recognised tenure, nor a recognised estate.

In the early sixteenth century there were fifty or more holy days a year (in addition to Sundays); how many of these were actual holidays is unclear, but an act of 1552 reduced them to twenty-seven. We have seen how work rhythms differed for arable and pasture farmers, but all farmers were subject to the limits of daylight and so worked longer hours in the summer than they did in the winter . Underemployment caused by these interruptions, was, from the workers' 38 Agricultural revolution in England point of view, involuntary, in that they had little choice as to whether they worked or not.

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