History events at the IHR

Estate Reconstitution and the Separation of Town and Countryside: the case of Kent's rural-urban fringe, 1580-1850

11 October 2013, 17:15 - 19:15

Event Type: Seminar


David Ormrod (Kent)


‘Estate reconstitution’ involves a new methodology for distinguishing ‘pure’ agricultural ground rent from urban and other non-agricultural rents which formed an increasing proportion of landlords’ income during the period of industrialisation.  Applied initially to estates in London and the South East from 1577-1914, it utilises a  web-based research platform, which provides a means of relating quantitative data to spatial and visual information, such as estate surveys, plans and historic maps, alongside textual material, including leases (see www.cityandregion.org).  The methodology  will enable economic historians to locate serial data in an authentic environmental and regional context, sometimes neglected in the analysis of large datasets.  Some preliminary results will be discussed arising from this ESRC-funded project, relating to the emergence of Kent’s rural-urban fringe, a shifting, semi-peripheral zone composed initially of low-rented agricultural land which provided sites for new industries, warehousing, distribution services, and residential development.  Within the wider metropolitan region, comparative rent movements suggest a greater degree of continuity between town and countryside than has traditionally been assumed.

Venue: Room 102 (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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Related Events: Economic and Social History of the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 History