Jos Kingston (Sheffield, England)

Life and Death in Elizabethan Norton wouldn't sell enough copies to be worth publishing as a book. But it contains a good deal of information which is of interest to family historians, local historians and social historians studying the Elizabethan period. So, nearly 15 years after doing this research I'm publishing it on the Web.

I have made available for download the Norton baptisms, marriage and burial records 1560-1620 (burials table continues to 1650). Click here. There is potential for use of this material in an educational context - for example, "Set up a database query to find the incidence and occupational spread of bridal pregnancies in Elizabethan Norton" as well as for family historians.

Thanks to David Hey for the excellent local history diploma class at Sheffield University which encouraged me to write this in 1990.

Jos Kingston asserts her moral rights of authorship of "Life & Death in Elizabethan Norton" as laid down in the 1988 Copyright, Design and Patents Act. These rights include the right to be identified as the author and the right not to have this work "subjected to derogatory treatment" - for example "addition, deletion or alteration prejudicial to the honour or reputation of the author."


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter II: Occupation and Mobility in Elizabethan Norton: the General Picture

Chapter III: Riches And Poverty: Occupation, Status and Standard of Living in Elizabethan Norton

1. Gentlemen
2. Yeomen
3. Husbandmen
4. Scythemakers
5. Cutlers
6. Blacksmiths, Smelters and Leadworkers
7. Nailers
8. Non-Metalworking Craftsmen
9. Labourers
10. Male Servants
11. Paupers
12. Women
13. Men whose occupations were not recorded

Chapter IV: The Parish Registers and Social Patterns

Births: a general picture & a particular problem
The Burials Registers, 1560 - 1653

Chapter V: An Unfinished Journey

Heeley Bridgehouses

Reconstructing an Elizabethan community: The social geography of Elizabethan and early Stuart Norton




Appendix: Comments on Research Methods


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