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The regional distribution of wealth in England as indicated in the 1524/5 lay subsidy returns

Sheail, J.; (1968) The regional distribution of wealth in England as indicated in the 1524/5 lay subsidy returns. Doctoral thesis, University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The Lay Subsidy surveys were compiled in 1524 and 1525 and cover almost every county in England. The name of each taxpayer was recorded together with his level of wealth, and. this material can now be studied in the Public Record Office. This is the first time that each list in the two surveys has been analysed end compared with those of the remainder of the country. The distribution of regional wealth and population may be measured from the spread of taxation. Part I of the work examines the value of the lay subsidy surveys of 1524 and 1525 as source material for the historical geographer. Part II presents a summary of the national spread of wealth and population. This is followed by a brief account of the experience of each county included by the Act of Subsidy. The returns are analysed with the help of 108 pages of maps. Part III consists of a Gazetteer which summarises the contents of each extant membrane belonging to the lay subsidy and found in the Public Record Office today.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:The regional distribution of wealth in England as indicated in the 1524/5 lay subsidy returns
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:Thesis digitised by British Library EThOS
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Geography

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