BEVERIDGE, William Henry, 1879-1963, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal, economist: Price history papers

Scope and Content

Papers relating to prices and wages in England from 1100-1900 collated by William Henry Beveridge and his research assistants (notably Miss M E Rayner and Dr Hubert Hall) between [1923] and [1963], comprising raw and tabulated price data and reports and notes on the source material, as well as drafts and manuscripts of Prices and wages in England from the twelfth to the nineteenth century (Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1939).

Administrative / Biographical History

The price and wages material was collected by Beveridge and his research assistants for a proposed four volume history which was never completed. The first volume was printed in 1939, following which work was halted by World War Two. A grant from the Nuffield Foundation in 1954 allowed research work to resume, though nothing was published, perhaps due to Beveridge's death in 1963. For a biography, see the Beveridge personal papers (Ref: Beveridge).


The material retains the order imposed upon it by Beveridge and his assistants, and is divided into geographic areas for which price material was generated.

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Temporary handlist and on-line catalogue available.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

For details of material in other institutions relating to Beveridge, see the Beveridge personal papers.

Conditions Governing Use

Apply to Archivist for copyright details. Most documents can be photocopied.

Custodial History

The bulk of the collection was transferred from the Institute of Historical Research in 1963 and 1968. Further material was given by Beveridge in 1962 and his heirs in 1964.

Related Material

The BLPES holds the personal papers of Beveridge (Ref: Beveridge), which contain material relating to his published works.


Prices and wages in England from the twelfth to the nineteenth century (Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1939).

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