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Title: The fifteenth-century stewards' book of Southampton.
Author: Thick, Anne Elizabeth.
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 1997
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The stewards' books, one of the main series of Southampton town financial records, are the focus of this thesis. They are examined, in conjunction with other records of town administration, to demonstrate that Southampton's relative prosperity in the fifteenth century was due not solely to a favourable pattern of trade, but also to active management of its resources by town government. The stewards' books are evidence of improved bookkeeping and accounting techniques, and the control of expenditure through strict accounting and audit procedures. They show that the town acquired much of its property in the fifteenth century by bequest, at no initial cost to itself. Active management ensured that its property remained an asset which contributed to the town's income, whether houses let to tenants, or structures in public use such as the cranes. Additionally, the record of building and maintenance of the town cranes in the stewards' books is evidence not only of the town's investment in property, but has provided an unusual, and perhaps unique, source of evidence for the technology of the late-medieval English crane. At a time when many towns were in decline, the evidence of the stewards' books points to Southampton's relative prosperity, which encouraged redevelopment and investment in building. Although the town's prosperity was based primarily on trade, the town contributed to that success through the methods it employed to safeguard and enhance town finances and property investments.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Financial records History