Her Price is Above Pearls: Family and Farming Records of Alice Le Strange, 1617-1656

RHN 5/2016 | Publication

Her Price is Above Pearls: Family and Farming Records of Alice Le Strange, 1617-1656, edited by Elizabeth Griffiths. Published by the Norfolk Record Society, 2015.

Alice, the wife of Sir Hamon Le Strange of Hunstanton is fast emerging from the documents as a C17th phenomenon.

The consummate housewife and manager of domestic affairs – her grateful husband noted that ‘her price is above pearls‘ – was also farmer, estate manager and guardian of the family finances.

The book includes a selection from her vast archive, including her sheep accounts, the early records she kept for her own estate at Sedgeford and her summary of the family finances.

Source: www.bahs.org.uk and www.norfolkrecordsociety.org.uk