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The Character of English Rural SocietyEarls Colne, 1550-1750$
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Henry French and Richard Hoyle

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719051081

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719051081.001.0001

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The land market anatomised

The land market anatomised

(p.210) 7 The land market anatomised
The Character of English Rural Society

H. R. French

R. W. Hoyle

Manchester University Press

Whilst impersonal economic forces shaped the land market, it was also the sum of hundreds if not thousands of individual decisions by property owners as to how best to use their land, whether to acquire more or sell what they already had, whether to bequeath all to a single heir or distribute land amongst several children or kin. The logic underpinning these individual decisions is largely lost to us, but by looking at the behaviour of individual copyholders, we can hope to establish something of the rationale underpinning the choices made by these people. This chapter concentrates on three aspects of the land market. It examines the acquisition and sale of land by individuals; the creation of larger holdings and its reverse, the division of holdings; and the use of land to endow children and dependent family members.

Keywords:   land market, land acquisition, land sale, landholdings, endowment, Earls Colne

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