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Abstract

ABSTRACT: This article locates the ‘principal inn’ within the physical and cultural space of the eighteenth-century British town. The principal inn was the all-purpose venue for the sociable activities of polite society: from dining, drinking and conversing with friends to business deals, meetings of club and societies, legal proceedings, military musters, civic and religious proceedings. Through their central location, carefully designed interior spaces and refined material culture of furniture, fixtures and fittings, principal inns were key sites in the elite control of urban space, the enforcement of social hierarchies and the reinforcement of social values.

DOI

10.1017/S0963926818000597

Publication Date

2018-10-03

Publication Title

Urban History

ISSN

0963-9268

Embargo Period

2019-12-06

Organisational Unit

School of Society and Culture

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