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Marriage, Debt, and the Estates SystemEnglish Landownership, 1650-1950$
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John Habakkuk

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203988.001.0001

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The Demand for Land

The Demand for Land

(p.403) 6 The Demand for Land
Marriage, Debt, and the Estates System

John Habakkuk

Oxford University Press

The reasons for the purchase of estates were many and complex. The owner of an estate, furthermore, was the head of a community of tenants and labourers. Politics might also be a motive for purchase in more restricted senses. There was another direct link with politics. In some cases total purchases were influenced by electoral considerations. An estate conferred power of patronage, partly because it gave access to positions of authority in the county. All these advantages of estate ownership could be enjoyed by a purchaser for a lifetime without any ambition to found a landed family. All these motives for estate purchase were social and political; but an estate was also an investment. A great deal of land was sold by the state.

Keywords:   land demand, estates, tenants, land ownership, investment

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