Publications

Books

  1. Spirits of Community: English Senses of Belonging and Loss, 1750-2000 (Bloomsbury, 2016)
  2. Parish and Belonging: Community, Identity and Welfare in England and Wales, 1700-1950 (Cambridge, 2006)
  3. (co-editor) Women, Work and Wages in England, 1600-1850 (Boydell & Brewer, 2004)
  4. The Bibliography of Regional Fiction in Britain and Ireland, 1800-2000 (Ashgate, 2002)
  5. Rival Jerusalems: the Geography of Victorian Religion (with Paul S. Ell), (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  6. (editor) The Regional Novel in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1990 (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
  7. Edited volume of Alexander Somerville, Letters from Ireland During the Famine of 1847 , by 'The Whistler at the Plough' (Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1994). Translated into German as Irlands Grosser Hunger: Briefe und Reportagen aus Irland Während der Hungersnot 1847 (Munster, 1996).
  8. Church and Chapel in the North Midlands: Religious Observance in the Nineteenth Century (Leicester University Press, 1991)
  9. Edition of Alexander Somerville, The Whistler at the Plough: Containing Travels, Statistics and Descriptions of Scenery and Agricultural Customs in Most Parts of England (London, 1989).
  10. Annals of the Labouring Poor: Social Change and Agrarian England, 1660-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1985)

Articles and Chapters

  1. 'The rise of living alone and loneliness in history', Social History, 42:1 (2017), pp. 2-28.
  2. 'Agendas for the Historical Study of Loneliness and Lone Living', The Open Psychology Journal, 2015, 8 (Suppl. 2-M2) pp. 61-70
  3. 'In or out of their place: the migrant poor in English art, 1740-1900', Rural History, 24:1 (2013), pp. 73-100.
  4. 'Re-politicising local history', The International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 9 (2013), (with R. Jones).
  5. ‘Tolpuddle’, in D. Musgrove (ed.), 100 Sites in British History (forthcoming, 2011).
  6. ‘Churchyard closures, rural cemeteries and the village community in Leicestershire and Rutland, 1800-2010’, Jnl. of Ecclesiastical History, 63:4 (2012)
  7. ‘Voices of the poor: `home' and belonging, `friends' and community’, Economic History Review, (2011) (electronically accessible via this journal, prior to formal publication).
  8. ‘Parish pond to Lake Nyasa: parish magazines and senses of community’, Family and Community History, 13 (2010), pp. 46-71.
  9. ‘A drop of water from a stagnant pool? Inter-war detective fiction and the rural community’, Social History, 35 (2010), pp. 21-50.
  10. ‘‘Go with the stream’: H.E. Bates and social change in Northamptonshire and Kent’, ALSo: Yearbook of the Alliance of Literary Societies, 3 (2010).
  11. Eleven articles in BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine (2007-9), on themes in the history of religion, 1801-1901.
  12. `Will the real farm labourer please stand up?’, The Land, 7 (Summer, 2009).
  13. `Tate, William Edward (1902-68)' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004).
  14. `Acland, John (1699-1796)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004).
  15. `Bell, Adrian Hanbury (1901-1980)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004).
  16. `Gravestones, belonging and local attachment in England, 1700-2000', Past and Present, 179 (2003), pp. 97-134.
  17. `Parallels with the poor law', Financial Times (17 Feb. 2003).
  18. `The culture of local xenophobia’, Social History, 28 (2003), pp. 1-30.
  19. `English rural societies and geographical marital endogamy, 1700-1837’, Economic History Review, LV (2002), pp. 261-297.
  20. `Talking to Friends: Keith Snell', interview in Friends of the Department of English Local History Newsletter, no. 14 (Oct. 2001), pp. 27-33.
  21. `An appreciation of Adrian Bell's Corduroy, 70 years on', The Adrian Bell Society Journal, 6, (Oct. 2000), pp. 16-20.
  22. `The Sunday-School Movement in England and Wales: child labour, denominational control and working-class culture', Past and Present, 164 (1999), pp. 122-168.
  23. `Agricultural seasonal unemployment, the standard of living, and women's work, 1690 1860', in Pamela Sharpe (ed.), Women's Work: the English Experience, 1650-1914 (London, 1998), pp. 73-121.
  24. `The regional novel: themes for interdisciplinary research', in my (ed.), The Regional Novel in Britain and Ireland, 1800 1990 (Cambridge, 1998), pp. 1-53.
  25. `Famine letters and eye-witness accounts', in G.R. Barterian and D. Evans (eds), Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (Detroit, 1998), pp. 245-254.
  26. 'From the Compton Census of 1676 to the 1851 Census of Religious Worship: religious continuity or discontinuity?', Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 8 (1996), pp. 55-89 (with Alasdair Crockett).
  27. `The apprenticeship system in British history: the fragmentation of a cultural institution', History of Education, 25 (1996), pp. 303-321.
  28. `Japanese oral history and women's historiography', Oral History: the Journal of the Oral History Society, 24 (1996), (with H. Tomida), pp. 88-95.
  29. `Alexander Somerville, Famine letters’, in Old Limerick Journal, 32 (1995), pp. 112-135.
  30. `Women and rural history', in Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 5 (1994), pp. 123-127 (with L. Bellamy & T. Williamson).
  31. `English local history at the University of Leicester', The Harborough Historian (Dec. 1994).
  32. `Japanese women and oral history: European comparison and Japanese development', in G. Daniels and H. Todd (eds), Japanese Information Resources (Sheffield, 1994), (with H. Tomida).
  33. `Rural history and popular culture', in Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 4:1 (1993), with L. Bellamy & T. Williamson. (Introduction to a special issue on `Rural History and Popular Culture').
  34. `Deferential bitterness: the social outlook of the rural proletariat in eighteenth  and nineteenth century England and Wales', in Michael Bush (ed.), Social Orders and Social Classes in Europe since 1500: Studies in Social Stratification (London, 1992), pp. 158 184.
  35. `Settlement, poor law and the rural historian: new approaches and opportunities', Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 3 (1992), pp. 145 172.
  36. `Revolting behaviour', Times Higher Education Supplement (8 Mar. 1991).
  37. `Pauper settlement and the right to poor relief in England and Wales', Continuity and Change, 6 (1991), pp. 375 415.
  38. `Leicester in the 1840s', in B. Abbott, Follow the Man from Cooks (Leicester, 1991).
  39. `Agrarian histories and our rural past', Journal of Historical Geography (1991), pp. 195 203.
  40. `Dr. George Fussell: following the plough without flapdoodle', Guardian (31 Jan. 1990).
  41. `Country matters', Times Higher Education Supplement (19 Oct. 1990).
  42. `Folklore and rural history', Folklore Society News (Jan. 1990).
  43. `Defining the rural', Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 2 (1990), (with T. Williamson & L. Bellamy).
  44. `Sharers in calamity', Times Higher Education Supplement (24 Mar. 1989).
  45. `Rural history and folklore studies: towards new forms of association', Folklore, 100 (1989).
  46. `Rural history: towards a new disciplinary incorporation', Scottish Economic and Social History, 10 (1990).
  47. `Rural History: the prospect before us', in Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 1 (1990), (with L. Bellamy & T. Williamson).
  48. `English historical continuity and the culture of capitalism', History Workshop Journal, 27 (1989), pp. 154 164.
  49. `Oral history and the academic historian', Common Voice, 1 (1988).
  50. `A "special theory" of English history', Times Higher Education Supplement (16 October, 1987).
  51. `Lone parent families and the Welfare State: past and present', Continuity and Change, 2 (1987), pp. 387 422 (with Jane Millar).
  52. `The standard of living and agrarian social change in northern England, c. 1660 1870', ESRC Published Grant Report (1986); also reported on in ESRC, Industry, the Economy and the Environment Research Development Group Inheritance Paper (August, 1988), pp. 20 22; and in Research Supported by the ESRC (1986).
  53. `Victims of change', Times Higher Education Supplement, 10, October, 1986.
  54. `People's history', Times Higher Education Supplement, 25 July, 1986.
  55. `Proto industrialisation? Cottage industry, social change and the Industrial Revolution', Historical Journal, 27 (1984), pp. 473 492 (with Rab Houston).
  56. `Parish registration and the study of labour mobility', Local Population Studies, 33 (1984), pp. 29 43.
  57. `Agricultural seasonal unemployment, the standard of living and women's work in the south and east, 1690 1860', Economic History Review, 33 (1981), pp. 407 437.

I am co-founder and co-editor of the journal Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1990-).

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