Imogene Dudley

Department: History
Discipline: History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies

Project Summary

 'Women's waged work in the south of England, 1644 - 1700: Three case-studies from Devon, Somerset and Hampshire'

A Leverhulme funded studentship connected to the project 'Women's work in Early Modern England', run by Professor Jane Whittle with Dr Mark Hailwood and Dr Charmian Mansell as Research Fellows.

This thesis uses three household account books from Barrow Gurney in Somerset, Payhembury in Devon and Herriard in Hampshire to study the work that women were paid to do in the early modern period. It will be explored which tasks women were more likely to perform, how much they were paid and how demographic factors such as age, marital status and motherhood affected their employment, in addition to how this information relates to the wealth, economy and social class of the particular household. The results will then be analysed and compared to the male experiences of employment and wages in the same household and estates. Other points of comparison will be other household account books from those counties, wage series and wage assessments from the seventeenth century.

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Supervisory Team

Primary supervisor: Professor Jane Whittle

Secondary supervisor: Dr. Freyja Cox Jensen

Wider Research Interests

Fifteenth-century England

The Wars of the Roses

Royal and noblewomen



Authored Publications/Reports

Imogene Dudley (2016) Winter Conference Report 2015, The Agricultural History Review , 64.1, 130 - 132