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Professor Jane Whittle

Research supervision

I am keen to supervise students on the following topics:

  • The late medieval and early modern rural England, especially rights to land (land tenure, land market, common rights, enclosure), standards of living including debt and credit, and village communities.
  • Women’s work in rural England from the medieval period to the 19th century: servants, housewives and wage workers.
  • Domestic consumption and material culture from the 15th to the 17th century.
  • Popular rebellion in Devon, Cornwall and Norfolk, 1549, also disputes over rights to land (e.g. enclosure riots).


Research students

Recently completed PhDs:

  • Juliet Gayton, ‘Tenants, tenures and transfers: the landholding experience of rural customary tenants in some Hampshire downland manors, 1645-1705'. Awarded 2013.
  • Geoffrey Woodward, 'The dissolution of the chantries in south-west England 1548-1603. Awarded 2015.
  • Kate Osborne, 'Illuminating the chorus of the shadows: Elizabethan and Jacobean Exeter 1550-1610'. Jointly supervised with Jonathan Barry. Awarded 2016.
  • Ed Taylor, 'Expressions of occupational identity in Early Modern England' (ESRC funded). Jointly supervised with Henry French. Submitted 2016.
  • Charmian Mansell, 'Female servants in the early modern community: a study of church court depositions from the dioceses Exeter and Gloucester c.1550-1650.' AHRC funded. Submitted 2016.

PhDs in progress:

  • Tamsin Bailey, ‘'The social history of the cloth trade in Exeter 1558-1720' (an AHRC CDA studentship with Tucker’s Hall). Jointly supervised with Professor Jonathan Barry.
  • Marion Hardy, ‘People on the move in Devon c.1600-1800’. First supervisor.
  • Cathy Talbot, ‘Trans-Atlantic Consumerism in the 18th Century:  A comparative Study of the Material Culture of Ordinary People in Britain and her American Colonies.’ First supervisor.
  • Andrew Binding, ‘Consumption and material culture in south west England, 1650-1750’. First supervisor.
  • Paul Williams, ‘The trading community of Exeter, 1470-1570’. First supervisor.
  • Amy Ridgway, 'Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834'. ESRC funded. First supervisor.
  • Imogene Dudley, 'Women's work in household accounts 1500-1700.' Leverhulme funded. First supervisor.
  • Richard Cooke, 'Economic development in fifteenth-century Devon'. First supervisor.
  • Nigel Pratt, 'Decorative plasterwork in early modern south-west England'. First supervisor.