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Liverpool Community, 1649-1750

Title details

SN: 3882
Title: Liverpool Community, 1649-1750
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-3882-1
Depositor: Power, M., University of Liverpool. Department of Economic and Social History
Principal investigator(s): Power, M., University of Liverpool. Department of Economic and Social History
Lewis, F., University of Liverpool. Department of Economic and Social History
Ascott, D., University of Liverpool. Department of Economic and Social History
Sponsor(s): Leverhulme Trust

Citation

The citation for this study is:

Power, M., Lewis, F., Ascott, D. (1998). Liverpool Community, 1649-1750. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 3882, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-3882-1

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Subject Categories

Community and urban studies - Society and culture
Economic history - History
Imperial and colonial history - History
Local history - History
Social history - History
Urban history - History

Abstract

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The purpose of the project was to investigate the character of Liverpool society during the first century of its rapid commercial expansion, and in particular to address the question whether its social characteristics help to explain the dynamic nature of its economic growth. The particular questions addressed include the origins of in-migrants to Liverpool, occupational structure and change, family and business networks, and the character of the governing elite and their use of power. The method was to input major sources for the history of Liverpool into computer files, to link names and compile information about Liverpool inhabitants. This allowed information to be built up about geographical origins, occupations, wealth, residential location, family and business or political networks and inter-generational continuity in the town.
Main Topics:
The topics covered by these data are:
Councillors and town officers, 1649-1749, date, name and office of the men and very few women, who were active in office or on the council, and representing as complete a data set as possible of politically and administratively active people in Liverpool during the period.
Freemen admissions, 1650-1708, date of entry, name, status and, frequently, details of mode of entering freedom, place of origin, the father of the freeman by patrimony or the master of a freemen by apprenticeship, the fine paid and sometimes the occupation of the freeman.
Hearth tax, 1663, listing households with the number of hearths assessed, and containing the name, gender and status of the household head.
Hearth tax, 1664, listing chargeable and non-chargeable households with the number of hearths assessed, and containing the name, gender and status of the household head.
Hearth tax, 1666, listing households with the number of hearths assessed (including industrial hearths), and containing the name, gender and status of the household head.
Hearth tax, 1673, listing households with the number of hearths assessed, and containing the name, gender and status of the household head.
Overseas Port Book, 1665, names of boats, merchants, masters and ports traded with and information about commodities imported and exported by each merchant.
Vestry officials, 1681-1750, name, status, gender and offices of vestry officials such as churchwardens, sidesmen, overseers of the poor and workhouse officials.
Apprentices indentured, 1707-50, information about each person involved in an apprenticeship.
Rate assessment for 1708, name and status of ratepayers and tenants, and the location and value of properties.
Overseas Port Book, 1709, names of boats, merchants, masters and ports traded with and information about commodities imported and exported by each merchant.
Rate assessment, 1743, name, status and occupation of ratepayers and tenants, and the location and value of properties.
Liverpool Plantation Registers, 1743-48, information about ships and their owners engaged in the transatlantic Liverpool trade.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1649-1750

Councillors and town officers, 1649-1749
Freemen admissions, 1650-1708
Hearth taxes 1663, 1664, 1666, 1673
Overseas Port Book, 1665
Vestry officials, 1681-1750
Apprentices indentured, 1707-50
Rate assessment for 1708
Overseas Port Book, 1709
Rate assessment, 1743
Plantation ship owners, 1743-48
Country: England
Geography: Liverpool
Lancashire
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Individuals
Families/households
Ships and ships' voyages covered in shipping register data.
Kind of data: Textual data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
Inhabitants of Liverpool, 1649-1750. Some shipping data for the period is also included.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
data were put into computer files directly from original manuscript sources, or microfilm, or from printed editions of sources. An attempt to capture all substantial information from each source was made, and the recording of the information followed closely the order and format of the original. All surnames were recorded exactly as in the original. Forenames and other unambiguous data were sometimes abbreviated. A list of the most common abbreviations, other than forenames, is included in the notes for each file.
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: The sources are of two kinds.

1. Cross-sectional sources listing people at particular dates:

Hearth taxes of 1663, 1664, 1666 and 1673 held in the Public Record Office, E179/250/8, E179/250/11, E179/250/9 and E179/132/355;

Overseas Port Book for 1665, containing information about boats, merchants, masters, the port that a boat was associated with, commodities imported and commodities exported, held in the Public Record Office, E190/1337/16

Rate of 1708, published as Peet, H. ed. (1908) Liverpool in the Reign of Queen Anne, Liverpool

Overseas Port Book for 1709, containing information about boats, merchants, masters, ports traded with, commodities imported and commodities exported, held in the Public Record Office, E190/1375/08

Rate of 1743 held in Liverpool Record Office, 920 PLU PT51

Liverpool Plantation Registers, containing information about ships and their owners engaged in the transatlantic trade for a five year period, 1743-48, held in the Merseyside Maritime Museum Archives, published on microfilm as Schofield, M. and Pope, D. eds. (1978) The Liverpool Plantation Registers 1744-73 and 1779-84, E.P. Microform, Wakefield,

2. Chronological sources listing people annually:

Liverpool Town Books, containing lists of councillors and town officers, 1649-1749, held in the Liverpool Record Office, 352/COU 3-10

Liverpool Town Books, containing lists of freemen admissions, 1650-1708, held in the Liverpool Record Office, 352/COU 3-6

Vestry Books, containing lists of vestry officials, 1681-1750, published as Peet, H. ed. (1912) Liverpool Vestry Books, 1681-1834, Liverpool

Apprentice Books, containing lists of apprentices indentured, 1707-1750, held in the Liverpool Record Office, 352 CLE/REG/4

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 09 December 1998
Copyright: Copyright M. Power
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide notes.pdf 46
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_3882_Information.htm 24
READ File read3882.txt 2

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Power, M. (1997) 'Councillors and commerce in Liverpool' Urban History, 24, December.

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