Houses and the hearth tax : the later Stuart house and society /
edited by P.S. Barnwell and Malcolm Airs.
York : Council for British Archaeology , 2006.
xiv, 202 p. : ill. maps ; 30 cm.
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York : Council for British Archaeology , 2006.
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"The British Acadamy [sic] Hearth Tax Project, Roehampton University, Oxford University Dept. for Continuing Education, Vernacular Architecture Group."
Revised and edited versions of papers presented at a conference held at Rewley House, Oxford, Oct. 2004, with additional papers, as part of an annual series hosted by Oxford University Dept. of Continuing Education with the aim of exploring new approaches to the study of vernacular building.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-190) and index.
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Main Description
This book is the first systematically to use the Hearth Tax data to develop a better understanding of vernacular building in the 17th century at a county level - looking at how the buildings of various social classes differed, as well as the regional variation in new building, and differences between town and country. The authors trace developments in fireplace design, introduction of new building materials, correlation between the number of hearths and social status, as well as arrangements for cooking and levels of heating.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vi
List of tablesp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Summaries - English, French and Germanp. xii
The Hearth Taxp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Understanding the Hearth Tax Returns: Historical and Interpretative Problemsp. 7
Understanding Exemption from the Hearth Taxp. 18
Chimneys, Wood and Coalp. 22
Regional Studiesp. 33
The South and Eastp. 33
London's Suburbs, House Size and the Hearth Taxp. 35
Kent: History, Houses and the Hearth Taxp. 46
Some Highways and Byeways on the Essex Hearth Tax Trailp. 55
The Hearth Tax and Historic Housing Stocks: A Case Study from Norfolkp. 62
The Houses of the Dorset Hearth Taxp. 74
Bristol: The Hearth Tax as a Decodable Street Directoryp. 83
The Midlandsp. 95
The Taxable Chimneys of Huntingdonshire in Cambridgeshirep. 96
The Hearth Tax in Warwickshirep. 106
The Northp. 121
The East Riding of Yorkshirep. 122
The West Riding Hearth Tax Returns of 1672 and the Great Rebuildingp. 132
The Durham Hearth Tax: Community, Politics and Social Relationsp. 144
Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick upon Tweed and North Durham: One Countyp. 155
The Hearth Tax and Housing in Westmorlandp. 164
Conclusionp. 175
Houses, Hearths and Historical Inquiryp. 177
Bibliographyp. 184
Indexp. 191
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