A case study of corn sales: Harston Manor’s corn book 1823-42

Liam Brunt, Edmund Cannon

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We analyse the Corn Book from Harston Manor in Cambridgeshire, containing data on wheat sold from the harvests of 1823-42. Annual sales averaged 1000 Bushels. Wheat was sold throughout the year, necessitating considerable intra-year storage; almost a quarter of sales took place one year or more after harvest, generating significant inter-year storage (carryover). New and old wheat exhibit no systematic price differential. Most sales were to a single miller in Harston, leaving little rôle for corn merchants. Observed trades and prices are thus likely characterised by a strategic and cooperative relationship between farmer and miller, rather than a spot market.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStocks, seasons and sales
Subtitle of host publicationfood supply, storage and markets in Europe and the New World, c 1600-2000
EditorsWouter Ronsijn, Niccolò Mignemi, Laurent Herment
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-503-58510-9
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-58509-3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2019

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  • historical grain storage
  • historical grain markets


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