in The social world of early modern Westminster
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The decade of the 1530s was a climacteric in Westminster's history, ushering in dramatic changes that would crucially affect its later development. Entrenched in a busy urban centre, the Crown's increasing sensitivities as a Westminster 'householder' led to royal attempts to regulate the disease, new building and pollution that characterized the suburb in which it was located. Westminster's parish officials were responsible for an administrative unit whose responsibilities were becoming increasingly complex and burdensome. The period between the Reformation and the Civil War was a time when the Westminster parishes' governing elites became narrower, and the parish community was defined more restrictively, with emphasis upon residential and moral criteria. The Abbey was able to cling on to its remaining powers with remarkable resilience in the century after the Reformation.

The social world of early modern Westminster

Abbey, court and community 1525–1640


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