Winner of the 2008 London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) Local history Publications Award
Putney and Roehampton in 1665: A Street Directory and Guide by Dorian Gerhold
This book is based on a comprehensive house-by-house list of Putney and Roehampton’s inhabitants in 1665 (a hearth tax return). It combines this with the plentiful evidence from Nicholas Lane’s map of 1636 and parish and other records to provide a more detailed picture of the parish and its people - both rich and poor - than is possible for any other period before the nineteenth century. It describes the people, how they earned their livings and how they were housed, and examines the impact of the metropolis, the Thames and the plague of 1665 on the community. A street directory links the people and their homes to contemporary and modern maps. This book will be of interest to all historians of later Stuart England and of London.
'Dorian Gerhold's rich description of everyday life captures the imagination... and provides readers with a treasure trove of information on Putney and Roehampton at a time when the suburb was playing its role in the transformation of London from a medieval city to a modern metropolis'
(Dr Andrew Wareham, Director of the British Academy Hearth Tax Project)
Dorian Gerhold is a House of Commons Clerk. He has written extensively on Putney, as well as on Wandsworth, Westminster Hall, road transport before the railways and other historical subjects. He is Chairman of Wandsworth Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Published in A4 paperback format and sumptuously illustrated with seventeenth-century images and maps, including eight full-colour plates (see left), this publication is priced at just £9.50 and is available directly from the Hearth Tax Project.
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