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Staffordshire Landowners, 1873

Title details

SN: 4509
Title: Staffordshire Landowners, 1873
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4509-1
Depositor: Brown, D., City College Norwich
Principal investigator(s): Brown, D., City College Norwich
Sponsor(s): British Academy
Grant number: ASPN 30110


The citation for this study is:

Brown, D. (2003). Staffordshire Landowners, 1873. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4509,

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Subject Categories

Agricultural and rural history - History
Agriculture, forestry and rural industry - Industry and management
Economic history - History
Elites and leadership - Social stratification and groupings
Social history - History


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The main aim of the project was to create from the return of owners in 1873 an accurate list of landowners for Staffordshire. This could be compared with Bateman's calculations of the number of owners in individual counties and the whole of England and Wales according to certain categories of status. Bateman defined these categories as possessing a certain fixed acreage and in some cases, but not all, a certain rental. He also included the owners in their main county of ownership to avoid duplication when he came to calculate figures for the whole of England and Wales. This project aimed to identify duplicate entries which arose from using the rate books for every parish as the method of compilation and to reassign certain entries designated as individuals to corporate ownership by parish authorities, limited companies and so on. It also necessitated an extensive search in the return especially for adjoining counties to determine where individuals had their main estate. The research required many biographical studies to establish whether entries were duplicates or not.
Main Topics:
The data collection represents the final working documents used to determine the total number of landowners in Staffordshire in 1873 according to certain categories of status. Alongside information about the size and value of individually and corporately owned land holdings in Staffordshire, biographical information about individual land owners has been recorded.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1873
Dates of fieldwork: January 2001 - December 2001
Country: England
Geography: Staffordshire
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
Individuals and corporate bodies owning land in Staffordshire, 1873
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: (B) 90 (obtained) Corporate bodies
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: Return of Owners of Land, 1873
Directories for Staffordshire, 1851-1881, William Salt Library, Stafford
Burkes Landed Gentry
1881 Census Enumerators' Books for Staffordshire, Public Record Office, RG 11

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 27 February 2003
Copyright: Copyright D. Brown and City College, Norwich
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Project report report.pdf 21
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4509_Information.htm 16
READ File read4509.txt 3


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