Intering figures, but unfortunately a very speculative subject.
I've been asked before if we can't work this out by salt use, but
there are so many nuances. For example when salt was widely used to
preserve food before refrigeration the quantity of salt might relate
to the wealth and richness of one lord's diet over another. All things
were not equal. From what one reads Roman consumption may have been
greater than that of the Celts or the later Anglo Saxons. Some foods
would take more salt than others to preserve and we can't calculate the
quantity of these foods.
There is one truth over time that we CAN measure and that is that
the production of salt has increased with increases in population. But
I am not sure what that would prove given the different uses salt has
been put to over time in addition to consumption. Thats the pitfall.
On 4/18/01 4:40 AM kpflude writes:
>From my reading I'd say:
>100 AD 20-40,000
>1000 - 10,000 - 15,000
>1300 100,000 (Derek Keene's work suggested this high figure)
>1500 - 100,000
>in 100 - 1000AD is the problem?
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bea Hopkinson" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 6:09 PM
>Subject: Re: Jorvick 10th c. POPULATION LONDON
>> Akroyd's London may well make sense, as least from the evidence at
>> Droitwich of saltmaking which hinges on population growth and market
>> demand. Their markets, moreover, were traditionally to the south in
>> London. There is also evidence of reduction in salt production during
>> and after the Black Death. There was also pressure in the early 16th
>> century to increase production by utilizing iron pans and using coal
>> fuel. But this ancient monopoly was not easily turned around until 1725
>> when unlimited quantities of brine were discovered and the salt industry
>> expanded overnight!
>> Does this interface with your own research ?
>> On 4/12/01 3:08 PM Mark Simmons writes:
>> >(I'm not sure of the population of London in the C10, but Ackroyds London
>> >(my current bedtime reading) says it was about 40,000 in 1200, about
>> >by 1349, dropping after the Black death b.f. rising to 85,000 by 1565,
>> >again to 155,000 by 1605.Perhaps John Clark could help us out here for
>> >Century London as a comparison ?...)
>> >Mark Simmons
>> >PS From memory, Dave's comparison of York with Hartlepool is pretty good.
>> >The modern Borough of Hartlepool's population is about 140,000, which is
>> >comparable in both pop and size with modern York. The C10 century
>> >at Hartlepool by contrast was confined to the headland, and would gave
>> >population of perhaps 500.
>> Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve
Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve