Contracts and Pay: Work in London Construction 1660-1785 (Palgrave Studies in Economic History) (Hardcover)
This book presents a new economic history of London construction in the early modern period. Drawing on extensive archival material from key sites such as St Paul's Cathedral and London Bridge, it describes the organisation of contracts and work on large-scale 'extraordinary' projects and maintenance contracts in the city during a key period of architectural and organisational development in Britain. Stephenson shows that the organisation of the industry and the welfare of its workers were shaped by the contracts and finance of large institutions and ambitious businessmen. Providing fresh wage and earnings data for craftsmen and labourers during the period, it offers new material and debate for economic, business and construction historians.