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Tudor Agriculture and Industry

Agricultural techniques had changed little since the medieval period, and indeed would remain largely similar until Georgian times. Most of the traditional industries also remained in a similar state and fashion, though prices rose due to an increase in demand and population.

Religious refugees coming to Colchester from the Low Countries in the 14th century had brought with them the secrets of weaving fine cloth, and they formed a separate colony and began to deal in wool. Colchester became an important town for the wool trade in North Essex.