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More than Bricks and Mortar: female property ownership as economic strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century urban England

Aston, Jennifer; Capern, Amanda; McDonagh, Briony

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Jennifer Aston

Dr Amanda Capern A.L.Capern@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Women's History

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Dr Briony McDonagh B.McDonagh@hull.ac.uk
Reader in Historical Geography, Energy & Environment Institute



Abstract

This paper uses a quantitative and qualitative methodology to examine the role that women played as property owners in three mid nineteenth-century English towns. Using data from the previously under-utilized rate books, we argue that women were actively engaged in urban property ownership as part of a complex financial strategy to generate income and invest speculatively. We show that female engagement in the urban land and property markets was widespread, significant and reflective of local economic structures. Crucially, it also was more complex in form than the historiography has previously acknowledged. The paper delivers a final piece in the jigsaw puzzle of women’s investment activity, demonstrating that women were active investors in the urban land market as well as the managers of landed estates, business owners and shareholders, thereby opening up new questions about how gender intersected with economic change and growth in the rapidly changing world of nineteenth-century England.

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Aston, J., Capern, A., & McDonagh, B. (2019). More than Bricks and Mortar: female property ownership as economic strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century urban England. Urban history, 46(4), 695-721. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926819000142

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2019
Publication Date Nov 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 14, 2019
Print ISSN 0963-9268
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 4
Pages 695-721
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926819000142
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/1207380

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