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One of the CMH's priorities is to provide, via the internet, access to the vast body of data collected by its research projects and also electronic versions of out-of-print publications. Currently available are:

 

Historical gazetteer of London before the Great Fire: Cheapside

Detailed property histories for five parishes (All Hallows Honey Lane, St Martin Pomary, St Mary le Bow, St Mary Colechurch and St Pancras Soper Lane) in the central Cheapside area of London, from the 12th to the late 17th century.

 

Gazetteer of markets and fairs in England and Wales to 1516

The Gazetteer is a catalogue of the markets and fairs in England and Wales between c.900 and 1516 and provides systematic information regarding their establishment and operation. It lists, for England, over 2,250 places with a market and/or a fair, with details of more than 2,400 markets and nearly 2,800 fairs. For Wales, there are entries for 141 places, 138 markets and 166 fairs.

 

 

People in Place: families, households and housing in early modern London

This AHRC-funded project examined the crucial role of family and household in the social and economic transformations that took place in London in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The project combined the established methodologies of family reconstitution and associated nominative linkage with the reconstruction of  London property histories to analyse the dense matrix of families, households, properties, and buildings in three contrasting areas of London (Cheapside, Aldgate, Clerkenwell) in the period c.1540-1710. The website provides a portal to detailed information on the project, its findings and datasets. A printed pamphlet is also available from the Centre.

 

Views of Hosts: reporting the alien commodity trade, 1440-45

The 'Views of Hosts' were a series of records produced in response to a statue of 1439 which required that money made by non-English, or 'alien', merchants from sales of imports must be entirely expended on English goods for export. The merchants had to make full disclosure of their daily business activities to English hosts, who returned the information to the Exchequer. There are 70 surviving returns covering both itinerant and resident traders. These include the names of all their business contacts and the details and prices of goods they traded. Sometimes their commercial costs and living expenses are also included. The transcripts of the Anglo-Norman and Latin originals and a database of the information contained in the Views are now downloadable from the School of Advanced Studies digital repository, SAS-Space.

 

The jobbing system of the London Stock  Exchange: an oral history

'Big Bang' in October 1986 signalled the end of single capacity among members of the Stock Exchange and thus the end of the historic jobbing system. This system had evolved in to a recognizably modern form during the course of the nineteenth century, as the range of securities dealt in broadened. At least half the members of the Stock Exchange began to specialise in providing a continuous market in one of the leading types of these securities. The distinction between these market-makers, or jobbers, and the brokers who dealt with them on behalf of the public was a clear-cut one, but was based essentially on custom until 1909, when single capacity was formally embodied in the Stock Exchange rules. By 1914 there were over 600 jobbing firms in existence as well as many one-man jobbing operations. These numbers then steadily declined as the institutional investor supplanted the private one, and the scale of jobbing capital required increased dramatically. By the eve of 'Big Bang' there were only five major jobbing firms on the floor of the Stock Exchange. Unfortunately firms of jobbers have left few, if any, records of their affairs. With this in mind an archive of interviews with former jobbers has been compiled to serve as a permanent record of the last half-century of a distinctive part of the financial life of the City. These interviews can be accessed via the School of Advanced Study's e-repository.

 

British History Online

The CMH is a partner in this digitisation project, begun in December 2002, in collaboration with the Victoria County History, the History of Parliament, and outside agencies such as The National Archives, the London Record Society and English Heritage. Its aim is to aid scholarship in the humanities by digitising interconnected sets of historical material and making them available online. Many CMH resources are already available, including the Cheapside Gazetteer and taxation data from the 1690s.

 

Register of research in progress

The Centre maintains a register of current work being undertaken on the history of London. If you would like your research topic to be added to the list, please email ihrcmh@sas.ac.uk

 

Out-of-print publications

Epidemic book coverEpidemic Disease in London (ed. J.A.I. Champion): a collection of six papers on epidemic disease from Black Death to cholera.

 

 

Trade book coverTrade, urban hinterlands and market integration c.1300-1600 (Ed. James A. Galloway): a collection of essays which assess urban impact upon the organisation and stability of regional markets.