Women’s Work in Industrial England

Nigel Goose (ed.) Women’s Work in Industrial England: Regional and Local Perspectives (Hatfield, 2007). £10 including postage and packing

This volume provides a collection of 15 essays on women’s work in industrial England, including general discussions as well as detailed case studies, incorporating some new material as well as republishing some articles that deserve fuller exposure. Prefaced by an overview of the field, it includes chapters on agriculture, centralised industry, cottage industry, domestic service, business, alternative medicine and the impact of marital status, as well as some key methodological debates. The volume is underpinned by insistence upon the crucial importance of the adoption of regional and local perspectives in any attempt fully to udnerstand women’s work in industrial England.


Nigel Goose, ‘Working women in industrial England’, pp. 1-28.

Leigh Shaw-Taylor, ‘Diverse experiences: the geograhy of adult female employment in England and the 1851 census’, pp. 29-50.

Pamela Sharpe, ‘The female labour market in English agriculture during the industrial revolution: expansion or contraction?’ pp. 51-75.

Nicola Verdon, ‘Hay, hops and harvest: women’s work in agriculture in nineteenth-century Sussex’, pp. 76-96.

Nigel Goose, ‘The straw plat and hat trades in nineteenth-century Hertfordshire’, pp. 97-137.

Marguerite Dupree, ‘Women as wives and workers in the Staffordshire potteries in the nineteenth century’, pp. 138-63.

John McKay, ‘Married women and work in nineteenth-century Lancashire: the evidence of the 17851 and 18761 census reports’, pp. 164-81.

Michael Anderson, ‘What can the mid-Victorian censuses tel us about variations in married women’s employment?’, pp. 182-208.

Osamu Saito, ‘Who worked when? Life-time profiles of labour force participation in Cardington and Corfe Castle in the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries’, pp. 209-27.

Owen Davies, ‘Female healers in nineteenth-century England’, pp. 228-49.

Edward Higgs, ‘The tabulation of occupations in the nineteenth-century census, with special reference to domestic servants’, pp. 250-9.

Michael Anderson, ‘Mis-specification of servant occupations in the 1851 census: a problem revisited’, pp. 260-8.

Stana Nenadic, ‘Gender and the rhetoric of business success: the impact on women entrepreneurs and the “new woman” in later nineteenth century Edinburgh’, pp. 269-88.

Christine Jones, ‘From Hartland to Hartley: marital status and occupation in the late nineteenth century’, pp. 289-313.

Eilidh Garrett, ‘The dawning of a new era? Women’s work in England and Wales at the turn of the twentieth century’, pp. 314-62.



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