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John Broad MA DPhil

John Broad MA DPhil

CAMPOP Affiliated Researcher

Social and Economic History of England especially c.1600-1850; History of social structure, landholding; poverty, welfare and rural housing; livestock and dairy farming.

My core interests lie in the history of rural society, landownership and social structure. From working initially in the South Midlands on the rich and diverse family and estate archives of the Buckinghamshire Verneys in the 17th and 18thcenturies, many projects flowed including work on cattle plague, forest societies and deer hunting, and a regional history of the South Midlands, as well as a book length study of the Verneys. Major current projects include work on English rural social housing for a book, on the demographic, social and religious structure of the East and South Midlands c.1710, and a project to use the Land Tax for England and Wales in 1798 to analyse landownership patterns and concentration, and to map tenancy sizes.


  • 1966-9 Senior Student, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford
  • 1969-70 Lecturer in History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1970-2009 London Metropolitan University and predecessor institutions. Lecturer/Principal Lecturer/Academic Leader


  • B.A., M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)


  • The Land Tax c1800 for the analysis of national landholding structures, tenancies patterns, and farm size (with R. W. Hoyle and L Shaw Taylor).
  • Parish society and religion c1710 based on the Wake Visitation returns, covering eastern England from the Thames to Humber, with GIS-linked database.
  • Rural housing and welfare from the late middle ages to 21st century


Selected publications

  • William Wake's Visitation Returns for the Diocese of Lincoln 1706-12 (2 vols OUP for the British Academy 2012)
  • 'The Parish and the Poor in England since 1600' in John Broad & Anton Schuurman (eds.) Wealth and Poverty in European rural society (Brepols, 2012)
  • Broad, J. 'La dynamique du pouvoir dans les villages anglais du XIXe siècle : logement et protection sociale' chapter 6 of P. Jessenne (ed) Clochemerle ou république villageoise ? La conduite municipale des affaires villageoises en Europe XVIIIe-XXe siècle (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2012) pp.123-137
  • 'The parish and homes for the rural poor 1700-1850' in P. Sharpe & J. McEwan Accommodating Poverty (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)
  • Broad J. 'Understanding village desertion in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' in C. Dyer and R. Jones (eds.) Deserted Villages Revisited (University of Hertfordshire Press 2010) pp.121-139.
  • Broad, J. (ed.) A common agricultural heritage? Revising British and French divergence (Exeter 2009)
  • Broad J. 'Clergé anglais, agriculture, et société rurale' in F. Quellier & G. Du Ciel à la terre: Clergé et agriculture XVIe-XIXe siècle (PUR Rennes 2008)
  • Broad J. 'Contesting the Restoration Land Settlement? The battle for Regicide lands in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire 1660-1700 and the shaping of a village' Records of Bucks (2006).
  • Broad J. 'Arthur Young and the Board of Agriculture' Thaer Heute 1 (Berlin 2005) pp.23-33
  • Broad J. 'Introduction: Rapports à la terre et différenciation social au village (xvie-xviiie siècles)' in N. Vivier (ed.) Ruralité française et britannique XIIIe-XXe (PUR Rennes 2005) pp.147-51.
  • Broad J. 'Regional Perspectives and Variations in English Dairying 1650-1850' in R.W. Hoyle ed. People, Landscape, and Alternative Agriculture' (Reading 2004) pp.93-112
  • Broad J. Transforming English Rural Society: the Verneys and the Claydons 1600-1820 (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • Broad J. 'Housing the rural poor 1650-1850' Agricultural History Review 48 pt 2 (2000.)
  • Broad J. 'Parish Economies of Welfare, 1650-1834' Historical Journal (1999 no 4 pp.985-1006)
  • Broad J. 'The fate of the Midland Yeoman: Tenants, Copyholders, and Freeholders as Farmers in North Buckinghamshire 1620-1800' Continuity and Change (1999 no.3) pp.325-47
  • Airs, M. & Broad J. 'The management of rural building in seventeenth-century Buckinghamshire' Vernacular Architecture 29 (1998 pp. 43-56)


  • Past teaching has involved a wide range of British and European History courses centred on social and economic history in the period 1600-1850, and supervising and examining PhD students

External activities

  • Editor, Records of Buckinghamshire 2011-
  • Chair of Executive Committee, British Agricultural History Society 2009-12
  • Chair, Executive Committee, Buckinghamshire Record Society2007-
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre de Recherches Historiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Maison de l'Homme, Paris (2006-7)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship 1999-2000
  • Visiting Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, California 1982