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The Reformation and the Towns in EnglandPolitics and Political Culture, c.1540-1640$
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Robert Tittler

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207184.001.0001

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Political Culture and the Built Environment

Political Culture and the Built Environment

(p.254) 12 Political Culture and the Built Environment
The Reformation and the Towns in England

Robert Tittler

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the environment in which urban governments carried most of their business: the civic building, and especially the seat and symbol of local governments, the town hall. By defining a town hall as a civic-controlled building which served as the normal place of business for the governing authority of a town, it argues that one will find an increase in the number of towns running their own affairs. The connection between the acquisition of civic halls and the attainment of greater powers of self-government is evident in the substantial number of towns which built or acquired a hall within a few years of their incorporation. With increasing frequency towards the latter decades of the study, the hall reflects the growing force of a more vigorously oligarchic rule within the same sorts of towns.

Keywords:   charter, political culture, built environment, civic building, town hall

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