What is it about?
An examination of how the landscape of a rural parish in south-east Essex was exploited for profit and employment over the Victorian period and up to the First World War.
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Why is it important?
Agricultural and occupational change reflect wider changes in the rural economy such as the decisive shift from arable to livestock farming and out-migration of working age people during the agricultural depression of 1875-96. Local factors such as coastal shipping, access to salt marsh, extensive woodland, the availability of brick-making clay, and the arrival of the railway in 1888 provided employment opportunities.
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This page is a summary of: Landscape, Agriculture and the Rural Economy of Hockley, Essex, 1840–1916, Rural History, September 2015, Cambridge University Press,
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