Atlas of British Social and Economic History Since C. 1700 by Mr Rex Pope, Rex Pope

By Mr Rex Pope, Rex Pope

First released in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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12). 14 reveal the concentration of plant around the middle Mersey and the Tyne in 1882. The shifting 38 location of the chemical industries was dictated by its raw materials and its markets. The replacement of natural alkali by synthetic soda favoured the Mersey area, close to coal, Cheshire salt, limestone from Derbyshire and North Wales, or to imported raw materials through Liverpool. g. of bleaching powder. Glass and soap manufacture, as on Tyneside, constituted further markets. 15 shows the concentration of alkali, hydrochloric acid, bleaching powder and chlorine close to industries (principally textiles) that make use of these products.

Geographically, the emphasis has altered from the industry’s concentration on areas such as Lancashire and Sussex, which had developed strongly in the inter-war period. 13) have been the West Midlands, the South-west and East Anglia, largely as a result of the expansion of southern industry and population, and the improvement of road transport. Changes in wheat yields per hectare, 1945–81 As noted earlier, the virtual disappearance of oats in Britain has left arable farmers with the choice of barley or wheat only as major cereal 21 crops.

Overall, this area provided some two-thirds of the 20–25,000 tons of pig iron produced. The refining section of the industry was rather more concentrated. g. Birmingham) situated on the coalfields. The geographical location of the industry, and its scale, were transformed by a series of innovations involving the substitution of c o k e f o r c h a rc o a l a n d t h e u s e o f s t e a m powered blowing engines. Darby’s method of producing pig iron using coke as fuel (1709) o n l y s e e m s t o h ave s p re a d b eyo n d Shropshire after the mid-century and yet by 1 8 0 6 t h e re were o n l y e l e ve n c h a rc o a l powered furnaces left in operation.

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