photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Lifestyle, Crafts and Occupation

Crafts and Occupations

Title author(s) No. of pages Price
The Art of the Dyer 1500-1700 Draws on a wide variety of European sources to explain the techniques for producing coloured cloth. David Hopkins 60p £9
Charcoal Burning in the 17th Century A practical guide covering period sources and instructions on how to go about charcoal burning today in the traditional manner Dr Malcomb Stratford 36p £6
Cutpurses, Highwaymen, Burglars The professional thief 1558-1660 Dr. Gillian Spraggs 28p £5
The Medieval and Renaissance Spice Trade 1100-1560 Jonathan Davies 28p £4
English Commercial Chemicals 1580-1660 Jonathan Davies 28p £5
Medieval Sheep, and the Wool Trade
Sheep, wool and the wool trade in the Middle Ages
Jonathan Davies 24p £5
Maritime Fish and Fishing 1580-1660 Stuart Peachey 84p £12


This series covers the lifestyles of persons involved in particular occupations based mainly on evidence from probate inventories. Recommended reading for reconstructing particular roles.

Title Stuart Peachey(s) No. of pages Price
Singlewomen 1580-1660 The lives of Spinsters, Singlewomen, Maidservants and Maidens (excludes widows) Stuart Peachey 16p £4
Carpenters 1580-1660 Includes a wheelwright Stuart Peachey 28p £5
Bakers 1580-1660 Stuart Peachey 32p £6
Blacksmiths 1580-1660 Stuart Peachey 20p £4

The following books in the series, dealing with agricultural occupations, are less dependant on probate inventories.
The Labourer 1580-1660 The lifestyle of the agricultural labourer. Stuart Peachey 33p £6
The Husbandman 1580-1660 he lifestyle of the small farmer. Stuart Peachey 36p £6
Women on the Farm 1580-1660 The role and activities of rural women Robert Morris 40p £7