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Title: The ownership, occupation and use of land on the South Downs between the rivers Arun and Adur in West Sussex, c1840-c1940.
Author: Godfrey, John Douglas.
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis reports on a study of land ownership, land occupation and land use in an area of about 100 square miles on the South Downs in Sussex at three points in time. The thesis is based on a study of three principal sets of records, occasionally supplemented by other material. The study area comprises the area covered by 16 contiguous modern parishes between the rivers Arun and Adur. The study covers the period c.1840-1940 and the three principal sets of records examined are the Tithe Surveys of 1834-47, the Valuation Office Survey of 1910-15 and the National Farm Survey of 1941-43. The study, which focuses on medium and large holdings, describes the structure of land ownership, land occupation and land use in the selected area, making use of significant material which has only recently become available and has not previously been studied, and enables trends to be identified relating to such issues as the changing fortunes of landowning families, the balance between owner-occupation and tenant farming, farm size, the balance between pasture and arable, agricultural improvement and the progress and efficiency of measures such as the wartime plough-up campaigns. These trends are discussed in a regional and national context, referring to research undertaken elsewhere and to available national material. The study also identifies problems which may arise from the inter-relating of the three documentary sources, all of which were designed for separate purposes (tithe commutation, taxing of land values, Second World War food production campaign and post-war planning), and it proposes solutions to these problems which may be of value to future researchers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History History Geography