Geographies of Wealth: Real Estate and Personal Property Ownership in England and Wales, 1870–1902

25 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2013

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David R. Green

King's College London - Department of Geography

Alastair Owens

Queen Mary University of London - Department of Geography

Date Written: August 2013

Abstract

This article explores the composition and geographies of individual wealth holding in England and Wales in the late nineteenth century. It draws on various forms of death duty records to determine the individual ownership of wealth including both personal property and real estate. By combining information on these different kinds of property, it is possible to explore how different strata of wealth holders accumulated specific forms of wealth at the time of their death. The article then examines how the composition of that wealth varied according to the wealth holder's location in the urban hierarchy and distance from London. It points out important geographical differences in both the scale and nature of wealth holding and raises questions about the implications of these findings.

Suggested Citation

Green, David R. and Owens, Alastair, Geographies of Wealth: Real Estate and Personal Property Ownership in England and Wales, 1870–1902 (August 2013). The Economic History Review, Vol. 66, Issue 3, pp. 848-872, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2288403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0289.12001

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