Research in Economic History

ISBN: 978-0-76231-119-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-282-5

ISSN: 0363-3268

Publication date: 11 December 2004


The paper constructs an annual price series for English net agricultural output in the years 1209–1914 using 26 component series: wheat, barley, oats, rye, peas, beans, potatoes, hops, straw, mustard seed, saffron, hay, beef, mutton, pork, bacon, tallow, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, wool, firewood, timber, cider, and honey. I also construct sub-series for arable, pasture and wood products. The main innovation is in using a consistent method to form series from existing published sources. But fresh archival data is also incorporated. The implications of the movements of these series for agrarian history are explored.


Clark, G. (2004), "THE PRICE HISTORY OF ENGLISH AGRICULTURE, 1209–1914", Research in Economic History (Research in Economic History, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 41-123.

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