A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain
H. T. Dickinson
John Wiley & Sons, 2008 M04 15 - 592 pages
This authoritative Companion introduces readers to the developments that lead to Britain becoming a great world power, the leading European imperial state, and, at the same time, the most economically and socially advanced, politically liberal and religiously tolerant nation in Europe.
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... parish clergy because so many clergymen obtained their livings through lay patronage. The church as a whole still possessed considerable wealth and property and it continued to play a major role in providing education, distributing ...
... parish officers. Above all, however, JPs were also pillars of the British judicial system. Although they were not entitled to decide in cases of life and death, they did try a variety of non-capital cases. In order to fulfil such a ...
... parish. Totalling 15,000 in number, parishes varied greatly in size. About 90 per cent had fewer than 1,000 inhabitants. The administrative tasks were performed by a number of parish officials, including churchwardens, surveyors of the ...
... parish rates. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, this system raised the remarkable amount of £4 million per annum for distribution among the poor, orphans, the old and the sick. Although this nationwide relief system was ...
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Part II The Economy and Society
Part III Religion
Part IV Culture
Part V Union and Disunion in the British Isles
Part VI Britain and the Wider World