Wealth, Household Expenditure, and Consumer Goods in Preindustrial England and America, 1550-1800


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

These data explore changes in English and American consumption between 1550 and 1800.

Main Topics:

The probate inventories (Parts 1-11) include information about personal wealth, household production, and the possession of consumer durables and semi-durables. The household survey for England circa 1790 (Part 12) contains dietary information as well as information about other household expenditures. The wills from England and America (Part 13) are a source for learning about the kinds of goods people obtained from their families through inheritance. Finally, information pertaining to the distribution network in eighteenth century England is contained in the aggregate county-level data on the shop and peddlers' tax (Part 14). Please note: this study does not include information on named individuals and would therefore not be useful for personal family history research.

No sampling (total universe)

No information recorded

DOI https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-2994-1
Metadata Access https://datacatalogue.cessda.eu/oai-pmh/v0/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_ddi25&identifier=5fb55b7cc71aac3dcaf49181cc275772af086fb77d51377f6e97e71a62d032e8
Creator Shammas, C., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of History
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 1993
Rights No information recorded; <p>The Data Collection is available to UK Data Service registered users subject to the <a href="https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/app/uploads/cd137-enduserlicence.pdf" target="_blank">End User Licence Agreement</a>.</p><p>Commercial use of the data requires approval from the data owner or their nominee. The UK Data Service will contact you.</p><p>Access is limited to applicants resident in the UK.</p>
OpenAccess true
Discipline Economics; History; Humanities; Jurisprudence; Law; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage Maryland; Massachusetts; Oxfordshire; Virginia; Worcestershire; England; United States