The Commonwealth of England and the Governors of Lancashire: ‘New Modelised and Cromwellysed'.
Northern History, 48 (1).
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Following Pride’s Purge in 1648, the majority of Lancashire’s MPs were excluded or chose to withdraw from Parliament, whilst the county committees and the commission of the peace were all purged and remodelled during the course of the Commonwealth (1649-1653). Men who had served in county government for many years were removed from office by the new regime, whilst a number of new men were promoted from obscurity to take their place. This article examines these changes to the administration of Lancashire during the Commonwealth, finding that county government became greatly contracted as fewer men held more offices. Nevertheless, despite the prominence of some townsmen during this period, gentility never ceased to be norm for provincial government.
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