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Monday, 20 July 2020 14:30



Time marches on. We have now reached the 1700's.

The 1700's are quite vague concerning the history of Dunfield. We do know that in 1730, a Mr Price purchased Dunfield House from the Bull family, but very little is known about this gentleman and his family... or even if he had a family. These were not exactly halcyon days, but they were relatively quieter times;  that insidious destroyer- the plague, was no longer prevalent in Britain, and ironically the turmoil of war had actually strengthened the British state at home. For the first half of the 18th century, the country was actually free of war on the continent and we were a relatively solvent land with agriculture the main bedrock of the economy and trade increasing at a healthy rate.

However, the wealth of the country was unequally distributed and the writer Daniel Defoe illuminated this very well in his 7 different categories of prosperity.

  1  The great who live profusely.

  2  The rich who live plentifully.

  3  The middle sort who live well

  4  The working trades who labour hard but feel no want

  5  The country people, farmers etc, who fare indifferently

  6  The poor who fare hard

  7  The miserable that really pinch and suffer want

Around these times in Herefordshire not everybody had a chicken in every pot, and we do not know which category Mr Price of Dunfield came under in Defoe's logic (most likely 2 or 3 )... but Dunfield survived. Whoever our ambiguous tenant was, he kept the continuity of the house and estate functional and steadfast. God bless you sir!

By 1756, war had once again broken out with France; disputes between old enemies are never far away. However, the small market town of Kington, and of course Dunfield, were immune from these great political squabbles. The crops were gathered, apples turned to cider, cattle were bred, fed and slaughtered. The rural life that surrounded Dunfield carried on regardless.

Carried on towards the age of the victorian... and the age of change.


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