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Title: Aspects of urban development in the Hampshire towns of Alton, Andover, Basingstoke and Lymington c.l625-c.l700.
Author: Winterson, Karen.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3571 0000
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2000
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Until recently, the perceived lack of complexity within the early modem small market town has caused them to be largely ignored by urban historians. Despite plentiful numbers, discussion of these communities is often made in only the most general terms and, in contrast to large urban centres such as Bristol or York, investigation into their day-to-day functioning and development is relatively rare. It is in response to this neglect that this thesis produces detailed portraits and comparative studies of four Hampshire market towns; Alton, Andover, Basingstoke and Lymington. The study uses a wide variety of borough and parish material with which to explore four of the major themes of seventeenth-century urban history. These are: the economy, where analysis reveals unexpectedly diverse occupational structures for the three larger towns; the structures and function of local government; society, and the endemic urban problems of disease, fire and poverty; and the consequences for development caused by the English Civil War. In each case the study highlights the individual character of each town within a contextual framework and examines to what extent they may be described as being `urban' in character by the end of the seventeenth century. This thesis contributes new understanding of how Alton, Andover, Basingstoke and Lymington functioned in the seventeenth century and by successfully applying major questions of urban history to these communities, ultimately challenges the notion that market towns are not rewarding for the urban historian.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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