England in the 17th and 18th century

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Published on October 5, 2012

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England in the late 17th century  During the 17th century England became steadily richer. Trade and commerce grew and grew Industries such as glass, brick making, iron and coal mining expanded rapidly. Half the population could afford to eat meat everyday. The power of the king continued to decline.

18th century  1707. Act of Union 1714. Queen Anne died George I 1769. James Watt Industrial Revolution Killer diseases (smallpox, dysentery, consumption/tuberculosis and typhus) Improvements in living conditions were made, and by the early 19th century the population of England and Wales had almost doubled.

 80% of the population was poor People lived in the countryside Thanks to the availability of coal, homes could be warmer in winter. 

 Main occupations: agriculture and rural crafts. At the bottom of the social structure were the landless labourers who worked on large farms. At the top of the social hierarchy were the nobility, who  held the highest offices and accumulated the greatest wealth. The conditions of women were difficult. They did not have many rights and were financially dependent on their husbands or families. An average wife spent some 15 years either in a state of pregnancy or in nursing a child for the first year of its life.

Women in the 18th century  When single, women….had the same rights as did men. When married, women…was a shadow under his husband. Her property passed into the control of her husband. She neither was able to enter into contracts nor to sue or be sued. She had no legal rights over her children She had no right to leave the housewithout the permission of her husband.

Leisure  Traditional games Horse Racing Many theatres were built Assembly rooms where people played cards and attended balls also were built. 1750. First cricket club in Hambledon.

 Reading was also a popular pastime First novels were published at this time Circulating library  1702. The first daily newspaper in England 1785. The Times began Public executions Grand tour of Europe

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