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Title: An economic history of Bewdley before c. 1700
Author: Davies, S. W.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2683 9250
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1981
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This thesis examines the economic history of the town of Bewdley in Worcestershire, from its origins in t~e fourteenth century until the end of the seventeenth century. During this period Bewdley grew from an unregarded rural manor into a town which was a focus of internal trade in the Severn valley and west Midland region. The thesis may be divided into three parts; the first traces Bewdley's growth, the second its economic structure and the third its relationship to the Severn valley. Bewdley's growth in the later middle ages is reflected through the granting of markets and fairs and the development or a ferry (later replaced by a bridge) across the River Severn. From the late sixteenth century the town's demographic growth can be evaluated, and throughout this period attention is given to Bewdley's topography. Analysis of the occupational structure leads on to a detailed examination of the principal trades and industries in the town. From this it is possible to assess the relative importance of the distribution and transport trades in Bewdley's economy. The third part therefore deals with the Severn carrying trade, in which Bewdley trowmen played a major role, and tries to assess the impact of the trade on the town itself. By doing this it is possible to give useful indications as to where future research might be directed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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