Essex At Work 1700-1815

By A. F. J. Brown, Essex Record Office Publications No 49, The Tindal Press, Chelmsford, 1969, 171pp

Summary by Pat Marsden

This book explores a number of work and trade issues in Essex including: the cloth trade in decline; the expansion of agriculture; handicrafts, small industries and the retail trade; transport; population; the economic development of six towns; the living standards of the poor; and economic influences on Essex society. There are many references to Wivenhoe throughout the book but most specifically in the chapter on the economic development of six towns where Wivenhoe is described in some detail. There are references to: agriculture, artisans, breweries, doctors, enclosure, Friendly Societies, inns, maltings, the mill, oyster fishery, parish government, poor relief, population, ropery, sail-making, schools, sea-water baths, shipbuilding, smallpox, smuggling, tannery, vaccination and the workhouse.

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