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The regulation of cottage building in seventeenth-century Sussex

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Abstract:

In 1589 a statute was passed entitled 'An act against erecting and maintaining cottages' which sought to regulate cottage building and the multiple occupation of cottages. This article examines the context of the act's passage and its relationship to other legislation of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. It then offers a detailed exploration of the way the act's cottage clauses were enforced in seventeenth-century Sussex. It also considers the legal status of cottages that were 'continued' and looks at evidence for methods of cottage construction and the range of cottage types.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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  • Agricultural History Review is the leading journal for the publication of original research in all aspects of agricultural and rural history. First published in 1952, the Review reflects the diversity of approaches which are possible in rural history. Its editors welcome submissions in any aspect of the history of agriculture, rural society and rural economy over the past millennium. Whilst it is not concerned with current policy debates, it is interested in considering discussions of the historical dimensions of current problems in rural society and food supply. The Review is especially strong in British rural history, but actively seeks submissions in European and American rural history and has no bar on submissions concerning the remainder of the world. It is also the journal of record for book reviews in the discipline.

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