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Part I: West Country Communities Introduction South-western England in the Seventeenth Century The Estates The Surveys Communities and their Social Structure The Size of Landholdings Social Structure Demographic Evidence The Houses House Construction and Plan The Rooms of the House The Evidence of the Surveys The Farmsteads The Buildings of the Farmsteads Farmsteads and the Regional Economies Economic Opportunities Among Neighbours Part II: The Villages and the Farms Introduction Kenton (1598) Survey of Kenton Cornish Manors (1602-1606) Survey of Cornish Manors Sherford (1606) Survey of Sherford Farway and Whitwell (1609) Survey of Farway and Whitwell Seaton (1609 and 1682) Surveys and leases of Seaton Nettlecombe (1619) Survey of Nettlecombe Somerset Crown Estates (1606-1608) Bedford Estates (1704) Survey of Bedford Estates Sidmouth (1764) Survey of Sidmouth Subject Index Index of Persons Index of Places

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Nat Alcock is an emeritus reader at the University of Warwick and is President of the Vernacular Architecture Group. He has worked for many years recording vernacular buildings, and his most recent book is Documenting the History of Houses (2003). Cary Carson has recently retired as Vice-President for Research at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the American Philosophical Society. A social historian and student of material culture, he contributes to scholarship on British and early American vernacular architecture and material life. His books include Of Consuming Interests: The Style of Life in the Eighteenth Century (1994).


An invaluable resource both for historians of vernacular architecture and society at large during the early modern period.' -- English Historical Review English Historical Review

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