Household Inventories of Helmingham Hall, 1597-1741
Title Details

18th May 2018

389 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

6 colour. 23 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Suffolk Records Society

Imprint: Boydell Press

Household Inventories of Helmingham Hall, 1597-1741

Edited by Moira Coleman

  • Description
  • Contents
  • Reviews
Edition of extremely rich household inventories provides a wealth of information about life at the time.
It is rare to find a sequence of household inventories surviving on the site they record; and rarer still when that house has been occupied continuously by generations of the family who built it circa 1510. The four inventories are dated 1597, 1626, 1708 and 1741 but some were updated and annotated for years beyond. They list over 4,500 items by room, working space or outdoor area. Entries are rich with evidence of recycling and upcycling, dimensions and design, fabric and textile, construction and colour, and sometimes provenance or provider. A numerical reference has been added to each entry in the transcriptions and this, in turn, is cited in all main and cross-references in theIndex and Glossary of Household Goods which is a substantial part of the volume.
During the span of these inventories, the Tollemaches rose from the status of gentry to earldom: their household possessions reflect this transition vividly and an appendix traces the parallel development of Helmingham Hall. Removals from the Hall equipped the family's 17th-century home at Fakenham Magna in Suffolk and a further appendix is devoted to this property.Compilation of a household inventory was never a statutory requirement, and the introduction answers a question fundamental to any study of these records: why were the inventories compiled?

Moira Coleman is the author of Fruitful Endeavours: the 16th-century household secrets of Catherine Tollemache at Helmingham Hall. She is an Open University graduate, an independent scholar, now retired from a career in adult education.
Introduction
Editorial Methods
The Household Inventories of Helmingham Hall
Appendix A: The Development of Helmingham Hall, 1597-1741
Appendix B: The Tollemache Family at Fakenham Magna, c. 1622-1665
Glossary and Index of Household Goods
Bibliography
Index of People and Places
"Moira Coleman has done a wonderful job in assembling the material together. The book will be essential reading for anyone who is interested in Helmingham Hall, the Tollemache family or in household inventories. It will also be of relevance to specialist researchers in furnishings, textiles and art." PROCEEDINGS OF SUFFOLK INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY
"This book is a very valuable addition to the corpus of published source material." JOURNAL OF FURNITURE HISTORY
"This volume will of course be of interest to East Anglian local historians [.] it will also be of great use to historians of various aspects of material culture." THE LOCAL HISTORIAN
"[.]Feast of records." AGRICULTURAL HISTORY REVIEW

Hardcover

9781783272747

Buy

£35.00 / $60.00

Shipping Options

Buy

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Title Details

18th May 2018

389 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

6 colour. 23 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Suffolk Records Society

Imprint: Boydell Press