Atlas of Industrializing Britain, 1780-1914 by John Langton, R. J. Morris

By John Langton, R. J. Morris

This atlas attracts jointly the most important social and financial info on England, Scotland and Wales among 1780 and 1914, and provides a transparent advisor to the economic improvement of serious Britain through the glossy interval.

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The pattern of new migration (over 60,000 in most decades) suggests declining rates of inmigration. Older links to Ireland, Wales, Scotland and northern England persisted, but relative growth in the movement from the southeast and the west Midlands points to inter-urban mobility, often of more skilled persons. Migration streams differed in occupational, demographic and family structure. 31). 42) show high concentrations of Irish in most north dockside areas which had over 30 per cent Irish household heads (up to 80 per cent of total population), with many lodgers and high levels of multiple occupancy: they were relatively highly segregated and mainly in unskilled manual work.

This discussion has shown that it would be quite wrong to formulate starkly polarized either/or questions. Whether cultural inheritance or economic development is construed to be an independent element will depend very much on the time-scale within which the historical process is conceived. It is obvious that they interact to change one another. There was no cause and effect but a dialectical process of reciprocation. Neither of these elements was spaceless. Different historical processes have different spatial logics, and the patterns they produce interact with each other.

Hill farming (Bala) declined early and substantially (Lawton, 1968). Migration contributed a quarter of the gains in London and the eight largest towns between 1841 and 1911. Inner city districts like St Giles in London experienced high mortality and low natural growth and, from the 1840s, net outmigration in successive phases of suburbanization with migrational gains in outer districts like Hampstead in London and West Derby in Liverpool (Lawton, 1983). g. Wolverhampton). Textile districts augmented relatively low natural increases, gaining around 5 per cent of their growth from migration.

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