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Interview with Malcolm Thick



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Technological University Dublin


Malcolm Thick was born in Blandford, Dorset. An only child, his father was a clerk in a brewery. Malcolm went off to University to Queens in Belfast where he studied Economic History, and then moved to Oxford to study a D. Phil. on Early Modern Market Gardening in England, under the influence and guidance of Joan Thirsk. The doctorate was never completed, however, a summary of it appears in vol. 5 of the Agrarian History of England and Wales and he subsequently wrote a book on Market Gardening around London which also used a big chunk of the research so the research has been used one way or the other.

Malcolm’s career went sideways for a bit while he took a year out to do a Cert Ed. He taught part time at the Oxford FE College for a couple of years. For almost two years he was a research assistant on volume five of the History of Criminal Law and Penal Policy specialising in 19th century juvenile delinquency. Then he became a tax inspector for something like twenty-seven years. He got early retirement ten years ago and was very pleased to retire and write history again. Malcolm has been a regular attendee and presenter at the Oxford Symposium since 1985 when Jane Grigson asked him to give a plenary paper, apart from the few years when the Symposium was in Headington. His latest research is published in PPC on the raising of rabbits intensively inside the built up area of London between the 16th and 18th centuries.

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Interview with Malcolm Thick