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 monetary information on England, Scotland and Wales among 1780 and 1914, and offers a transparent consultant to the economic improvement of significant Britain in the course of the smooth interval.

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Parts of eastern England, rainshadowed by the western highlands and more influenced by continental anticyclones, have less than 25 inches of rain per year. 12). However (unlike in France, where they were more feared by the peasantry than any other climatic hazard) these summer thunderstorms are rarely accompanied by hail, which is most frequent throughout Britain in March, before crops are showing but when bare and already soaked soil can lead to rapid runoff and severe flooding in low-lying areas such as the Fens.

Many cultural patterns were distinct. The border was indicated by marriage patterns, religious practice and housing provision. In other matters, like the poor law, institutional structures were distinct, but the results of their activities show a convergence of practice and experience with the English pattern. In many ways these national patterns were survivals from the eighteenth century, but we need more evidence before we can be sure whether these patterns were only dissolving anachronisms or were national patterns reforming in new ways as dynamic elements in the processess of nineteenth-century social and economic change.

In Scotland the urban/industrial areas were predominantly in the upper quintiles. Below-average rates around London and the low proportions in rural areas of Scotland, northern England and north Wales partly reflect mobility and its influence on sex and age structures. Large movements of single women into cities produced lower sex ratios and proportions of ever-married women, especially in Scotland and ‘retirement’ counties, but the figures were relatively high in rural areas of eastern England, the southeast Midlands and Wiltshire, often associated with balanced M:F ratios.

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