The Derbyshire Lead Industry in the Sixteenth Century

by David Kiernan

Covers a period in which the industry emerged from late medieval decline into a phase of rapid growth, thanks to the introduction of new smelting techniques and greater capital resources from landowners. The rise of a new class of urban lead merchants is traced, including families who subsequently established themselves as gentry. The lead trade, chiefly through Bawtry, where the merchants helped to develop port facilities, is also described, as is the manufacture and distribution of finished products.

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1989. x + 338 pp. 16 illus

ISBN 0 946324 10 7