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Jacob F Field

University of Cambridge

Jacob F. Field is an author and historian who concentrates on the economic and social history of early modern England, particularly that of London. A key focus of his work is how urban areas responded to crisis and disaster, which forms the subject of his first academic monograph, which examines the impact of the Great Fire of London (1666). He has also written four books on popular history, the latest of which was entitled D-Day In Numbers.


Jacob F. Field was born and grew up in South London. He completed his undergraduate degree in modern history at the University of Oxford, and moved to Newcastle University for his postgraduate study. In 2005 he won an Arts and Humanities Research Council three-year grant to research and write his doctoral thesis on the socio-economic impact of the Great Fire of London. In 2008 he moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a post-doctoral post at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, where he worked on a project examining Britain’s occupational structure from the 14th to 19th centuries. During this time, his focus was on women's work and domestic service. In 2012 he moved to New Zealand, where he taught economic history at Massey University and the University of Waikato. He has written four popular history books, the latest of which was D-Day In Numbers. In 2016 he returned to England, where he is currently working at the University of Cambridge on a research project examining the historical occupational structure of London.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    History of Early Modern England (c 1500-1800)
    History of 19th-Century England
    History of London
    Economic History of England 1500-1900, particularly occupational structure
    History of Women's Work, particularly domestic service
    Early Modern Charity in England


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Economic History Review

Domestic service, gender, and wages in rural England, c.1700–1860

Published: Jan 04, 2012 by Economic History Review
Authors: Jacob F. Field
Subjects: Economics, Finance, Business & Industry, History

Domestic service was a vital occupational sector in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—particularly for women. This article uses a new series of wage observations from across England, focusing on rural areas. Analysis of the dataset shows that wages paid to servants in rural England slightly increased over the period considered, but at uneven rates dependent on region and precise occupation of servant.

Urban History

Charitable giving and its distribution to Londoners after the Great Fire

Published: Jan 05, 2011 by Urban History
Authors: Jacob F. Field
Subjects: History

Major fires are essential case-studies of how urban society responds to crisis. How a city organises its relief reflects its place in larger networks and reveals its charitable priorities. This article uses the example of the Great Fire of London to show how the city recovered from this catastrophe.

London Journal

Apprenticeship Migration to London from the North-East of England

Published: Jan 03, 2010 by London Journal
Authors: Jacob F. Field
Subjects: History

Migration was crucial to the growth of early modern London and the economic and demographic system of England. This article examines one of the most important migrant groups, apprentices, from the North-East of England, one of the few regions that could match the dynamism of London.