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date: 19 September 2019

Great Rebuilding 

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
David HeyDavid Hey

In a pioneering article, ‘The Rebuilding of Rural England, 1570–1640’, Past and Present, 4 (1953), W. G. Hoskins argued that agricultural prices increased so much during the Elizabethan and early Stuart period that ‘no yeoman with his wits about him could fail to accumulate money savings on a scale hitherto unknown’ and that this led to much rebuilding of houses and a great increase in the standards of domestic comfort. Hoskins used contemporary literary evidence, household accounts, probate ... ...

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