Scope and Content

This collection consists of 20 files of miscellaneous notes gathered byProfessor Southcliffe Ashton on the economic history of the eighteenth century, withparticular reference to wages and prices, coal mining and the iron industry.There are also a few letters to Ashton on historical subjects. The followingmaterial is also included:

  • File 4 Description of Sir Richard Arkwright's (1732 - 1792) Mill village atCromford, Derbyshire, and of Arkwright for his bicentenary. Part of an obituarynotice on two unnamed economic historians.

Letters from:

  • JL Hammond (condolence on death of Southcliffe's wife or child?), dated 20thFebruary 1953.
  • LS Pearsall, Exeter, enclosing a paper on the bankruptcy court, dated 14thFebruary 1953.
  • Charles Singer 26th February 1954. File 19 Notes on the calendar of HomeOffice Paper c. 1770 - 1800.
  • Drafts of addresses on London School of Economics history and on RichardTawney (1880 - 1862), Professor of Economic History c. 1950 - 1960.
  • File 20 Files containing notes on economic history books read by Ashton.
  • Letter from JH Plumb, dated c. 1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Southcliffe Ashton 1889 - 1968

Thomas Southcliffe Ashton was educated at Ashton-under-Lyne secondary school andManchester University. He then embarked on an academic career in Economicsand Public Finance. From 1912 to 1919 he was Assistant Lecturer in Economicsat the Sheffield University, and from 1919 to 1921 Lecturer and Tutor atBirmingham University. In 1921 Southcliffe Ashton was appointed Senior Lecturer in Economicsat Manchester University. Eventually he became Dean of the Faculty ofCommerce and Administration 1938 - 1944. He then became Professor of EconomicHistory at the London School of Economics 1944 - 1954. He was President ofboth the Manchester Statistical Society 1938 - 1940, and also the EconomicHistory Society 1960 - 1963.

His publication cover the economy of the eighteenth century and include theiron, steel and coal industries:

  • Iron and Steel in the Industrial Revolution (1924)
  • The Coal Industry (with Joseph Sykes) (1929)
  • Economic and Social Investigations in Manchester 1833 - 1933 (1934)
  • An Eighteenth-Century Industrialist: Peter Stubs of Warrington 1756 - 1806(1939)
  • The Industrial Revolution (1948)
  • An Economic History of the Eighteenth Century (1955)
  • Economic Fluctuations in England 1700 - 1800 (1959) edited by EB Schumpeter
  • English Overseas Trade Statistics 1697 - 1808 (1960)


The material was originally arranged by subject in 20 files, although thereare now only 18 files as file nos. 11 and 14 have been transferred to theLibrary printed books section.

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Acquisition Information

Ashton, Anthony Southcliffe(through Professor RS Sayers)

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Printed handlistavailable

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