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Pauper inventories and the material lives of the English poor, c.1680-1834

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This paper uses nearly 350 pauper inventories from Dorset, Kent and Norfolk to assess the material lives of the poor. It starts by analysing furniture and hearth-related items and then moves on to assess how ‘new’ goods, such as tea, came to affect the poor’s everyday lives. Through this I will examine the extent to which the poor were able to engage with the market and will offer a unique perspective on what people ate, how they relaxed, how they kept warm, how they slept and so on.

This talk is part of the Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars series.

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