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Title: A study of an eighteenth century nobleman, his house, household and estate : Sir John Griffin Griffin, 4th Lord Howard de Walden, 1st Lord Braybrooke, of Audley End, Essex, 1719-1797
Author: Williams, J. D.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1974
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In making a study of the roles of an eighteenth century nobleman, his house, household and estate, it seemed natural to divide the essay into these inter-related parts. The first part looks at Sir John in his settings tracing his family background and early lifer following his career as soldier and politician, his elevation to the peerages his participation in county and local affairs, and his many sided relationships with members of his family friends and acquaintances. It ends with an analysis of his finanaial resources which made his style of living possible. This also serves as a springboard from which to investigate his activities of consumption and investment. Part two sumarises his work in restoring Audley End and its environs, and although primarily based on earlier research incorporates some new material. It also includes a new section on the Town house, It was considered that if the aim of seeing one nobleman "in the round" was to be achieved, then this vitally important aspect of his stewardship should not be omitted. The third part examines the economy of a Georgian household as a unit of management, employment and consumption. It quantifies the main areas of expenditure , and relates the various departments to each other. Part four investigates Griffin's role as landowner and investor,, and examines the nature and efficiency of his estate policy in terms of administration, development, and his participation in farming. The essay ends with an attempt to assess the quality of his stewardship and to estimate his significance in the history of Audley End. The thread of continuity running through all parts ie: of course, the man himself, and it is to be hoped that the responsibility of Sir John's character in the changes of family fortunes is evident. Parts six, seven and eight contain the appendices, bibliography and illustrations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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