By Mark Hailwood
This ebook offers a historical past of the alehouse among the years 1550 and 1700, the interval within which it first assumed its lengthy celebrated function because the key website for public activity within the villages and marketplace cities of britain. within the face of substantial animosity from Church and kingdom, the shoppers of alehouses, who have been drawn from a large move element of village society, fought for and gained a imperative position of their groups for an establishment that they loved as an important facilitator of what they termed "good fellowship". For them, sharing a drink within the alehouse used to be primary to the formation of social bonds, to the expression in their identification, and to the definition of groups, allegiances and friendships. Bringing jointly social and cultural heritage ways, this booklet attracts on quite a lot of resource fabric - from criminal files and diary proof to published ingesting songs - to enquire battles over alehouse licensing and the law of consuming; the political beliefs and allegiances that standard women and men expressed from the alebench; the meanings and values that ingesting rituals and practices held for contemporaries; and the social networks and collective identities expressed in the course of the number of consuming partners. concentrating on an establishment and a social perform on the middle of lifestyle in early glossy England, this ebook permits us to determine many of the ways that usual women and men spoke back to ancient techniques comparable to non secular swap and kingdom formation, and simply as importantly finds how they formed their very own groups and collective identities.
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126, 215, 111. org/terms THE ROLE AND REGULATION OF ALEHOUSES did not have the means to brew at home. Beyond these subsistence functions alehouses acted as important centres of economic exchange where people traded goods, sealed business deals, or enquired about available work. They could act as pawnbrokers and provide a source of credit to the local poor, serve as relatively safe settings for courtship, play host to various rites of passage celebrations, and function as a neutral venue for the amicable settling of disputes between neighbours.
9 Wrightson, ‘Alehouses, Order and Reformation’, pp. 18, 21. 10 Richard Cust and Peter Lake, ‘Sir Richard Grosvenor and the Rhetoric of Magistracy’, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research 54 (1981), p. 45. org/terms ALEHOUSES AND GOOD FELLOWSHIP ‘Puritan’ zeal doubtless provided some of the impetus for such attacks on the alehouse, and Grosvenor was himself a staunch Calvinist. 11 It is important to keep in mind, therefore, a distinction between traditional ‘churchyard’ recreations and those centred on the alehouse; a distinction that was certainly meaningful to contemporaries engaged in ‘battles’ over both.
These were usually in the name of, or on behalf of, named individuals within the community who claimed to be poor – though these too were often supported by a large number of more substantial fellow parishioners or townsmen. Those that were so supported provide insight into the arguments that local chief inhabitants were prepared to accept as legitimating the presence of an alehouse in the community. On the relationship between literacy and social status see David Cressy, ‘Levels of Illiteracy in England, 1530–1730’, The Historical Journal 20:1 (1977), pp.
Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England by Mark Hailwood