By Marjorie Keniston McIntosh
A neighborhood remodeled strains the restructuring of Havering among 1500 and 1620 via distinctive research of demographic styles, the economic system, faith, social and cultural kinds, and native management and legislation. McIntosh's research, the main advanced and richly drawn portrait of any English group during this interval, is going past neighborhood heritage in illuminating the transition from medieval to early modem existence. A neighborhood reworked is the sequel to Professor McIntosh's acclaimed paintings Autonomy and group: The Royal Manor of Havering, 1200-1500, released by way of Cambridge in 1986.
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It is indeed likely that the parishes which have proved capable of reconstitution had abnormally low levels of immigration and emigration. Conclusions drawn from such studies should therefore be applied more generally only with caution. The number of deaths in 1625 was slightly lower than that of 1571. It is possible, however, that the losses of the 1550s were worse, judging by figures from other places. Pelling, 'Illness among the poor'. 18 Life and death Fig. 4. 0 E 140 National Total Burials (xiO 3 ) 120 100 80 1560 1570 1580 1590 1600 Date 1610 1620 Sources: Apps.
Clark and Slack, English towns, p. 91. P. Clark, T h e migrant', and R. Smith, 'Population and geography'. 6a. 6b. Age at arrival compared to place of birth of males Rural 1Romford and Hornchurch males Romford town males Age at arrival within Havering o-io years 14-20 years 23-30 years 40-57 years Total Born 5-9 miles away Born 10-49 miles away 1 2 0 1 O 1 1 6 3 3 B°r n 1 0 0 + miles away 0 i l 0 0 Born 5-9 miles away 1 4 5 2 4 Includes one man born at a distance of 50 miles away who arrived at age 30.
Had it not been for immigration, Romford's population would have declined by 12% between 1569 and 1574. We have no measure of sickness which did not result in death, but it seems clear that morbidity must also have been high. While illness brought dislocations to any household, its impact was particularly severe among the poor. 18 There the loss of wages when the household head was unable to work could mean an utter inability to buy food and other necessities. 15 16 17 18 The large amount of immigration into Havering may exaggerate the impression of high mortality somewhat, since some newcomers were buried in the parish who had not been baptised there.