Sheep Farming and Wool Production

  • Peter J. Bowden


One has only to look at a sample of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century wills and inventories to realize the important part which sheep farming played in the life of Tudor and Stuart England. In agricultural areas, even in those regions where tillage predominated, large numbers of farmers owned some sheep. Nor was sheep farming practised only by men who gained their sole means of livelihood from agriculture. Quite often sheep were owned by men whose main interests and vocations lay in other fields — in industry or in trade, in politics or in law.


Eighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Sixteenth Century Woollen Cloth Rural Economy 
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  • Peter J. Bowden
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK

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