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The English Landed Estate in the Nineteeth Century

Its Administration

David Spring

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Originally published in 1963. The English Landed Estate in the Nineteeth Century: Its Administration deals principally with the administration of large landed estates during the years from 1830 to 1870. The book also throws new light on the work of the Inclosure Commissioners, who, as a department of the central government, supervised agricultural improvements made by landowners who borrowed from the government and from land companies. Author David Spring argues that the British government intervened in agriculture much more than is commonly thought. In describing the hierarchy of estateā€¦

Originally published in 1963. The English Landed Estate in the Nineteeth Century: Its Administration deals principally with the administration of large landed estates during the years from 1830 to 1870. The book also throws new light on the work of the Inclosure Commissioners, who, as a department of the central government, supervised agricultural improvements made by landowners who borrowed from the government and from land companies. Author David Spring argues that the British government intervened in agriculture much more than is commonly thought. In describing the hierarchy of estate management, Spring relies, wherever possible, on hitherto unused family papers and estate documents. Especially important is his material on the Dukes of Bedford and on the domestic economy and financial position of the Russell Family.

The chapter titled "The Landowner," based on the seventh Duke of Bedford's correspondence with his agent, is a case study of a single estate and provides insight into the workings of a great landowner's mind. The remaining chapters, dealing with lawyers, land agents, and the Inclosure Commissioners, include other individual portraits. Among these are Christopher Haedy, the Duke of Bedford's chief agent; James Loch, king of estate agents in nineteenth-century England; Henry Morton, the Earl of Durham's land agent; and William Blamire and James Caird, two of the Inclosure Commissioners.

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226
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9781421433516
Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1. Anatomy of Estate Administration
Chapter 2. The Landowner
Chapter 3. The Lawyer
Chapter 4. The Land Agent
Chapter 5. The State
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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David Spring

David Spring was Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He specialized in the social and economic history of Great Britain in the 19th century, with a focus on English landed society. Professor Spring was also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain and a recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the...