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Dr Mark Hailwood

Honorary Research Fellow


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I am a social historian of England in the period c.1500-1750, with a particular interest in the relationship between historical change and the everyday lives of ordinary men and women. My published work to date has focused on three main areas:

  • the political, social, and cultural histories of drinking and drinking houses
  • the relationship between working life and identity
  • approaches to studying 'history from below' and 'popular culture'

My first book, Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England, was published in 2014. For more information on my other publications see both the 'Publications' section of these pages and my page.

I am currently working with Professor Jane Whittle on a Leverhulme Trust funded project on 'Women's Work in Rural England, 1500-1700', investigating women's work activities using incidental evidence from church court depositions, quarter sessions examinations and coroners' rolls from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. For more information visit our project website.

I am a contributor to the collaborative early modern history blog the many-headed monster; I tweet in a professional capacity @mark_hailwood; and I am a co-ordinator of the international and interdisciplinary Drinking Studies Network.

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  • Hailwood M, Toner D. (2015) Biographies of Drink: A Case Study Approach to Our Historical Relationship with Alcohol, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


  • Hailwood M. (2014) The Honest Tradesman’s Honour: Occupational and Social Identity in Early Modern England, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, volume 24, pages 79-103.
  • Hailwood M. (2014) Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England, Boydell and Brewer.


  • Hailwood M. (2013) "It puts good reason into brains": Popular Understandings of the Effects of Alcohol in Seventeenth-Century England, Brewery History, volume 150, pages 39-53.



  • Hailwood M. (2010) Alehouses, Popular Politics and Plebeian Agency in Early Modern England, Locating Agency: Space, Power and Popular Politics, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 51-76.


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I grew up in the West Country before attending the University of East Anglia to undertake an undergraduate degree in History. I then worked for my brother as a labourer before returning to my studies and taking a Masters degree in Early Modern History at the University of Warwick, followed by a PhD at the same institution working under the supervision of Steve Hindle. I have since turned that thesis into my first book, Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England.

Since completing the PhD I have taught at the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Cambridge, and Oxford, and have held research fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Studies (Warwick), the Institute of Historical Research (London) and the Huntington Library (California) before taking up my current position as an Associate Research Fellow at Exeter.   

I also play for the University of Exeter's staff cricket club, the Erratics.

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