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

By Mr Rex Pope, Rex Pope

This Atlas covers British background from the mid-eighteenth century to the current. issues comprise demography, agriculture, delivery, alternate, labour events, faith, schooling, future health and housing.

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Consequently, they mostly favoured steam power. In Wales, though, rainfall and relief were far more conducive to the use of waterwheels, so that steam power made little headway. In explaining the continued use of water power, a further point should be made. Even where coal could be obtained regularly and cheaply, waterwheels might still be used in conjunction with steam-engines. This occurred when textile mills occupying coalfield sites were equipped with steam-driven pumping eng ines, the function of which was to replenish water supplied in reservoirs during periods of dry weather.

The fuel economies resulting from Neilson’s ‘hot blast’ (18 2 9) further enhanced the importance of ore. Thus, in spite of ample and good-quality coking coal, there was no great success in establishing the iron industry in the North-east of England b efore the discovery of the Cleveland iron ore deposits. e. coal measures ore). 2). In the second half of the nineteenth century, further developments in fuel economy, including the regenerative hot blast (1860) and increased furnace size, made ore not fuel the greater influence on location.

24), availability of a labour force and proximity to other elements of the company’s production processes (at Billingham) were probably more significant. 22). N. von Tunzelmann, Steam Power and British Industrialisation (Oxford, 1978), p. 149. Ponting, The British Wool Textile Industry, 1770–1914 (London, 1982). 3 are from various sources including H. Heaton, The Yorkshire Woollen and Worsted Industries (Oxford, 1965) and Jenkins and Ponting, op. cit. Chapman in ‘The Arkwright mills—Colquhoun’s census of 1788 and archaeological evidence’, Industrial Archaeology Review, VI (1981), pp.

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