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‘For the house her self and one servant’: Family and Household in Late Seventeenth-century London

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‘For the house her self and one servant’: Family and Household in Late Seventeenth-century London


The 1695 returns for the marriage duty tax provide a unique opportunity to investigate the composition of London’s domestic groups. Traditional schemes for the analysis of the early modern family and household fail to capture the complexities of metropolitan living, and a ‘London-specific’ methodology is outlined for use in the returns’ classification. Application of this scheme to returns from two contrasting areas of London, a cluster of wealthy city-centre parishes and a poorer suburban precinct, reveals a series of structural differences in their families and households that are attributable to the wealth and social status of their respective populations. However, some aspects of the domestic experience within the two areas are more comparable than previous accounts would suggest.

Merry, Mark and Baker, Philip (2009) ‘For the house her self and one servant’: Family and Household in Late Seventeenth-century London. The London Journal, 34 (3). pp. 205-232.


Item Type: Article
Subjects: History
Divisions: Institute of Historical Research > Centre for Metropolitan History
Collections: Life in the Suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4260
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