Britain: Long Periods from the 15th-Century

History Theses 1901-1970: Historical research for higher degrees in the universities of the United Kingdom. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1976.

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The history and place of public policy in English private law. C.L. Emrich. Oxford D.Phil. 1938.

The history of mens rea in the law of homicide. A.W.G. Kean. Cambridge M.Litt. 1938/9.

Researches in the history of the rights of the subject in England. L.E.D. Horanszky de Hora. Aberdeen Ph.D. 1927.

Punishment as applied by the ordinary criminal courts from 1400 to 1747. R.A. MacTaggart. Glasgow Ph.D. 1969.

The history and development of the charitable trust from the 15th century onwards. G.H. Jones. London Ph.D. 1961.

The historical background of the English land law from 1535. S.H. Brookfield. Liverpool M.A. 1935.

A history of English assizes from 1558 to 1714. J.S. Cockburn. Leeds Ph.D. 1970.

The action on the case: the development of the action as reflected on the plea rolls of the 16th and 17th centuries. A.K. Kiralfy. London Ph.D. 1949.

The parliamentary representation of Grampound. R.C.D. Jasper. Leeds M.A. 1940.

The parliamentary representation of Glamorgan, 1536–1832. L.B. John. Wales M.A. 1934.

The parliamentary representation of Pembrokeshire, the Pembroke boroughs and Haverfordwest, 1536–1761. Mary E. Jones. Wales M.A. 1958.

The parliamentary representation of Radnorshire, 1536–1832. D.R.L. Adams. Wales M.A. 1970.

The parliamentary representation of Monmouthshire and the Monmouth boroughs, 1536–1832. Ethel E. Havill. Wales M.A. 1949.

The boroughs of North Wales: their parliamentary history from the Act of Union to the First Reform Act, 1536–1832. G. Roberts. Wales M.A. 1928/9.

The evolution of radical theory after the Reformation. A.J. Clark. London M.A. 1910.

Political journalism, 1572–1714. R. Britton. Kent Ph.D. 1969.

The history of the Petitions of Right from the 17th century. M.F. Spungin. Oxford B.Litt. 1959.

The origins of the Petition of Right. L. Ehrlich. Oxford B.Litt. 1915.


The changing landscape of rural Middlesex, 1500–1850. G.B.G. Bull. London Ph.D. 1958.

Changing agricultural landscapes in Cumberland. G.G. Elliott. Liverpool M.A. 1956.

Rural Cambridgeshire, 1520–1680. Mrs. H. Margaret Spufford. Leicester M.A. 1962.

Pauperism and vagrancy in Cambridgeshire to 1834. Ethel M. Hampson. Cambridge Ph.D. 1930/1.

Some aspects of the historical geography of central Surrey: a study in economic change. G.J. Ashworth. Reading M.Phil. 1967/8.

Settlement and agriculture in North Wales, 1536–1670. B.M. Evans. Cambridge Ph.D. 1966.

The Petre lands in the Wid basin and adjacent areas from 1539 to 1939. Joyce G. Minton. London Ph.D. 1959.

A contribution to the historical geography of Needwood Forest, Staffordshire, from Elizabeth I to enclosure in the early 19th century. P.H. Nicholls. London M.A. 1965.

West Cleveland land use, c.1550–1850. P.K. Mitchell. Durham Ph.D. 1965.

The economy of the Northamptonshire royal forests, 1558–1714. P.A.J. Pettit. Oxford D.Phil. 1959.

Pre-inclosure agricultural systems in the East Riding of Yorkshire. A. Harris. London M.A. (Ext.) 1951.

Enclosure and the agricultural landscape of Lindsey from the 16th to the 19th century. S.A. Johnson. Liverpool M.A. 1957.

Lincolnshire glebe terriers of the deaneries of Calcewaith and Hill, 1577–1706. Olga Beaumont. Reading M.A. 1952.

The rural economy of Oxfordshire, 1580–1730. M.A. Havinden. Oxford B.Litt. 1961.

Economic changes in the manor of Cranborne (Dorset) in the 16th and 17th centuries. Elizabeth B. Clarke. Oxford B.Litt. 1939.

Open field, enclosure and farm production in east Worcestershire. J.A. Yelling. Birmingham Ph.D. 1966.

The south-western peninsulas of England and Wales: studies in agricultural geography, 1550–1900. T.R.B. Dicks. Wales Ph.D. 1964.

Development of the port of Harwich. Mrs. Frances N. Mellen. London M.A. 1965.

The contribution of Wales to the British empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. W.A. Bebb. Wales M.A. 1920.

The historical geography of the paper-making industry in England. A.H. Shorter. London Ph.D. 1954.

The history of the Yorkshire woollen and worsted industries from the earliest times up to the Industrial Revolution. H. Heaton. Birmingham M.Com. 1914.

The historical geography of the Norfolk and Suffolk woollen industry. J.S. Bishop. London M.A. 1929.

The wool supply and the worsted cloth industry in Norfolk in the 16th and 17th centuries. K.J. Allison. Leeds Ph.D. 1956.

Aspects of the development of the Gloucestershire woollen industry. Mrs. Jennifer Tann. Leicester Ph.D. 1964.

Woollen trade and industry in the rural areas of Gloucestershire. F.C. Raggatt. Bristol M.A. 1933.

The internal wool trade in England during the 16th and 17th centuries: a study in economic history. P.J. Bowden. Leeds Ph.D. 1952.

The history of English coal mining, 1500–1750. Asta W.R. Moller. Oxford D.Phil. 1932/3.

The Willoughbys of Wollaton, 1500–1643, with special reference to early mining in Nottinghamshire. R.S. Smith. Nottingham Ph.D. 1964.

The economic and social development of the Leicestershire and south Derbyshire coalfield, 1550–1914. C.P. Griffin. Nottingham Ph.D. 1969.

The development of the coal industry in the Radstock area of Somerset from earliest times to 1830. J.A. Bulley. London M.A. (Ext.) 1952.

The geography of the south-west Lancashire mining industry, 1590–1799. J. Langton. Wales Ph.D. 1970.

Studies in the history of mining and metallurgy to the middle of the 17th century considered in relation to the progress of scientific knowledge and with some reference to mining in Cornwall. P.C. Davey. London Ph.D. 1954.

Changes of population in west Cornwall with the rise and decline of mining. T.W. McGuinness. London M.Sc. 1938.

The lead-mining industry of Swaledale. B. Jennings. Leeds M.A. 1959.

The lead industry in Cardiganshire. L. Jones. Wales M.A. 1915.

The lead and silver mining industry in Wales, 1558–1765. L. Jones. Oxford B.Litt. 1923.

Birmingham: an analysis of geographical influences on the metal industries. Jean Rushton. London M.Sc. 1936.

The history of the Midland glass industry, with special reference to the flint glass section. D.N. Sandilands. Birmingham M.Com. 1927.

The economic history of the modern English glass industry. J.N. Reedman. Sheffield Ph.D. 1930.

History of the alum trade. J. Rudsdale. Leeds M.A. 1932.

The Walsall and Midlands leather trades: a study in their history and organisation from the earliest times to the present day. E. Tonkinson. Birmingham M.Com. 1948.

The English leather industry in the 16th and 17th centuries, 1563–1700. L.A. Clarkson. Nottingham Ph.D. 1960.

English leather glove trade. Muriel K. Fudge. Bristol M.A. 1930.

The location of footwear manufacture in England and Wales. P.R. Mounfield. Nottingham Ph.D. 1962.


An historical and anthropological study of magic and religion amongst the gypsies of Britain. E.B. Trigg. Oxford D.Phil. 1968.

A history of the attempts towards reunion between the Anglican and the Eastern-Orthodox churches, especially since the 16th century. W.W. Price. Birmingham M.A. 1929.

Religious societies (ecclesiolae in ecclesia) from 1500 to 1800, excluding those of the church of Rome. F.W.B. Bullock. Cambridge Ph.D. 1937/8.

A history and source book on training for the ministry in the Church of England, 1511–1717. F. Bussby. Durham M.Litt. 1952.

The controversy between Roman Catholics and Anglicans from Elizabeth to the Revolution. G. Windsor. Cambridge Ph.D. 1967.

(1) The archdeacon's court: liber actorum; (2) episcopal visitation book for the archdeaconry of Buckingham, 1662; (3) the study and use of archdeacon's court records, illustrated from the Oxford records, 1566–1759. E.R.C. Brinkworth. Birmingham M.A. 1951.

Puritan devotion, 1570–1700, and its place in the development of Christian piety. G.S. Wakefield. Oxford B.Litt. 1954.

The worship of the English Puritans during the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries. D.H.M. Davies. Oxford D.Phil. 1943.

The indissolubility of marriage in Reformation and post-Reformation Anglican teaching and practice. A.R. Winnett. London Ph.D. 1953.

The history of marriage and divorce in England since the Reformation. D.T.I. Jenkins. Birmingham M.A. 1963/4.

The organisation and development of cathedral worship in England since the Reformation. P.C. Moore. Oxford D.Phil. 1954.

Lay-preaching in England from the Reformation to the rise of Methodism: a study in its development, nature and significance. J.H. Blackmore. Edinburgh Ph.D. 1951/2.

A study of the causes, administration and results of Lancashire church briefs, and studies of collections for Lancashire and non-Lancashire briefs, with reference to collections elsewhere in England. Joan Beck. London M.A. (Ext.) 1954.

The history of the doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers. J.R. Crawford. Aberdeen Ph.D. 1958.

An investigation of the doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers from the Reformation to the present day. C.C. Eastwood. London Ph.D. 1957.

The inter-relation of civil and ecclesiastical authority in dealing with trials of bishops, 1558–1725. R.E. Head. Oxford B.Litt. 1959.

Llenyddiaeth Gatholig y Cymry (1559–1829) rhyddiaith a barddoniaeth. (Catholic literature of the Welsh (1559–1829), prose and poetry.) G. Bowen. Liverpool M.A. 1952/3.

The parish registers of the churches of SS. Philip and Jacob and of St. Thomas in Bristol to 1812. D.K. Gosling. Bristol M.A. 1934.

The theory and practice of the Lord's Supper among the early Separatists, Baptists and Independents, from 1580 to 1700. E.P. Winter. Oxford B.Litt. 1954.

Our Lady of Batersey. The story of Battersea church and parish told from original sources. J.G. Taylor. London Ph.D. 1925.



English biography before 1700. D.A. Stauffer. Oxford B.Litt. 1931.

Studies in the history of the song school at Durham from the early 15th century to the early 18th century. G.B. Crosby. Durham M.A. 1966.

Efforts of patrons to establish endowed schools in Jersey and to provide scholarships at the English universities for Jersey scholars from 1477 to 1679. W. Moran. London M.A. (Ext.) 1964.

The origin and development of academic costume and its bearing on the choir office robes of the Anglican clergy. F.R.S. Rogers. Bristol M.A. 1962.

The education of English Catholics, 1559–1800. W.F. Hastings. London M.A. 1923.

The provision for the vocational training of children in the East Riding, 1563–1811. K.J.R. Robson. Sheffield M.A. 1952.

An investigation into the Lettice Dykes Educational Charity at East Bergholt in the county of Suffolk. M.H. Hyndman. Reading M.A. 1965/6.

An outline of development in education in Wallasey, 1595–1962. B.E. Baylis. Wales M.A. 1964.

The growth of educational institutions in Loughborough, with special reference to the history of Loughborough grammar school and the Burton charity. A. White. Nottingham Ph.D. 1962.

The history of Nottingham High School, 1513–1903. A.W. Thomas. Nottingham Ph.D. 1956.

A history of Whitchurch grammar school, Shropshire, 1550–1950. E. Clarke. Sheffield M.A. 1953.

The history of Marlborough grammar school, 1550–1944, with some account of the mediaeval hospital of St. John Baptist, Marlborough. A.R. Stedman. London M.A. 1945.

The history of St. Clement Danes Holborn Estate grammar school, 1552–1952. R.J.B. Pooley. London M.A. 1955.

History of St. Peter's School, York. A. Raine. Durham M.A. 1946.

Attitudes towards exercise and physical education in England: 1560–1714. D.W. Brailsford. Southampton Ph.D. 1966.

History of Hampton-upon-Thames in the 16th and 17th centuries, with special reference to educational foundations. B. Garside. London M.A. 1930.

The history of the grammar schools in Monmouthshire. M. Stephens. Wales M.A. 1957.

The history of the Welsh language in Radnorshire since 1536. L.H. Owen. Liverpool M.A. 1953/4.

The vicissitudes of the Welsh language in the Marches of Wales, with special reference to its territorial distribution in modern times. W.H. Rees. Wales Ph.D. 1947.

Art and Architecture

Transition from timber to brick in buildings of rural Leicestershire. V.R. Webster. Nottingham M.A. 1965.

The development of smaller domestic architecture in the Oxford region from the late 15th to the early 18th century. D. Portman. Oxford B.Litt. 1960.

Country house building in Warwickshire, 1500–1914. G.C. Tyack. Oxford B.Litt. 1970.

Minor domestic architecture in the lower Trent valley, 1550–1850. T.L. Marsden. Manchester M.A. 1952.

Minor domestic architecture in the county of Rutland and vicinity: an investigation of stages in the historical development of the smaller rural house. T.L. Marsden. Manchester Ph.D. 1958.

Post-medieval timber-framed houses in England. K.H. Allmark. Manchester M.A. 1955.

The development of timber-framed buildings in Tewkesbury. D.R. Franklin. Birmingham M.A. 1965.

Rural domestic architecture in south Lancashire, prior to the early 19th century. R.S. Partington. Manchester M.A. 1952.

Treasures of the Surrey churches in the diocese of Guildford. C.K.F. Brown. Leeds M.A. 1942.

The history of Welsh domestic art from the 16th century, as exhibited in the native furniture, with illustrations together with a study of its relation to the furniture of other parts of the British Isles and the continent of Europe. D.R. Jones. Wales M.A. 1925.

The Oxford school of sculptors from 1550 to 1800. J.E.K. Esdaile. Oxford B.Litt. 1935.


A study of the economic development of the commote of Carnwyllion from 1500. J.H. Morgan. Wales M.A. 1933.

The early history of Hunslet. G.G. Gamble. Leeds M.A. 1948.

Local administration (excluding borough administration) as exemplified in Monmouthshire, 1536–1835. B. Howell. Wales M.A. 1951.

The origins and early history of the Melton Mowbray town estate: a study in the government of an unincorporated town. Dorothy Pockley. Leicester Ph.D. 1964.

The Scilly Islands during Tudor and Stuart times (approx. 1547–1700). T.F.G. Matthews. Oxford B.Litt. 1943.

A Kentish Wealden parish (Tonbridge), 1550–1750. C.W. Chalklin. Oxford B.Litt. 1960.

Sussex market towns, 1550–1750. G.O. Cowley. London M.A. 1965.

Evolution of local government authorities and areas in Suffolk, 1555 to 1894. J.H. Whitfield. Kent M.A. 1970.

Local government in Wales from the 16th to the 18th century, as exemplified by the work of the quarter sessions of the county. T.H. Lewis. London Ph.D. (Ext.) 1941.

The history of South Shields in the 16th and 17th centuries. Dorothy W. McCallum. Durham M.A. 1936.

Borough courts of quarter sessions from the beginning until the end of the 17th century. M.A. Reed. Birmingham M.A. 1958.

The court of Taunton in the 16th and 17th centuries. R.G.H. Whitty. London M.A. (Ext.) 1932.

Local government in the principality of Wales during the 16th and 17th centuries, as illustrated mainly by the extant data relating to the county of Merioneth. I. Ab Owen Edwards. Wales M.A. 1925.

The borough of Tewkesbury, 1575–1714. Mary F. Redmond. Birmingham M.A. 1950.

The map of Kent, 1575 to 1807. B.T. Westmarland. London M.A. 1955.

Maps of the Isle of Wight, from Boazio to Milne, 1591–1791. A.J. Jubb. London M.A. 1959.

Marine cartography in Britain from the 16th to the 19th centuries. A.H.W. Robinson. London Ph.D. 1960.


Origins and background of the law of succession to arms and dignities in Scotland. Sir Rupert I.K. Moncreiffe, Bt. Edinburgh Ph.D. 1958.

The origin and nature of the legal rights of spouses and children in the Scottish law of succession. J.C. Gardner. Edinburgh Ph.D. 1927.

The jurisdiction of the Scottish privy council, 1532–1708. P.G.B. McNeill. Glasgow Ph.D. 1961.

Scots burgh finances prior to 1707. G.S. Pryde. St. Andrews Ph.D. 1926.

The survival of a Celtic society in the Mackay country formerly called Strathnaver in northern Scotland from the 16th century. I. Grimble. Aberdeen Ph.D. 1964.

Witchcraft and the church in Scotland subsequent to the Reformation. J. Gilmore. Glasgow Ph.D. 1948.

History of church discipline in Scotland. I.M. Clark. Aberdeen Ph.D. 1926.

An historical survey of education in Angus to the year 1872 from original and contemporary sources, embracing early education and the beginnings of systematic education; the parish school system; burgh schools; schools of industry; and the origin and establishment of infant schools. J.C. Jessop. St. Andrews Ph.D. 1930.

Education in Fife, from the Reformation to 1872. J.M. Beale. Edinburgh Ph.D. 1953.

Church and state in Scottish school education during the Reformation period (1560–1700). B.M. Wyllie. London M.A. 1952.

An enquiry into the history of registration for publication in Scotland. L. Ockrent. Edinburgh Ph.D. 1938.

The influence of geographical factors on the economic evolution of Scotland to the beginning of the 18th century, mainly as revealed in the development of overseas trade, especially that of the Clyde ports. J. Walker. Edinburgh Ph.D. 1928.


The composition and distribution of woods in Ireland from the 16th century to the establishment of the first Ordnance Survey. Eileen M. McCracken. Belfast M.Sc. 1944.

The history of penal laws against Irish Catholics from 1534 to the treaty of Limerick (1691). R.W.D. Edwards. London Ph.D. 1933.

The financial administration of Ireland to 1817. T.J. Kiernan. London Ph.D. 1929.