What happened in Havering

Conrad Russell

  • Community Transformed: The Manor and Liberty of Havering 1500-1620 by Marjorie Keniston McIntosh
    Cambridge, 489 pp, £50.00, September 1991, ISBN 0 521 38142 8

This is perhaps the fullest and most vital study of a single community in Tudor and Stuart England that we yet possess. The Liberty of Havering, moreover, is large enough, and varied enough, to escape many of the typical criticisms of the significance of the local study. It stretched from the Thames, at Hornchurch Marsh, through the village of Hornchurch, to the main road to Chelmsford and Colchester, straddled by the busy market town of Romford, to the village of Havering-atte-Bower, well off the beaten track to the north. One of Dr McIntosh’s greatest successes is in contrasting the development of the very different areas which made up the Liberty of Havering.

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