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This Atlas covers British background from the mid-eighteenth century to the current. subject matters contain demography, agriculture, delivery, alternate, labour pursuits, faith, schooling, health and wellbeing and housing.

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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. 5–26. This map is reproduced with kind permission of Professor Chapman who points out that over 200 Arkwright-type mills (not the usual figure of 143) have now been identified as in existence by 1788.

Central Scotland, the West Midlands and London were early centres of the chemical industries. Though chemical manufacture remained in these districts, they were superseded in importance during the first half of the nineteenth century, first by Tyneside and later by the area around the lower and middle Mersey. 12). 14 reveal the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.

As far as other leading textile areas were concerned, a varied picture emerged. In Cheshire, in South-west Scotland (chiefly Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire), and in Northeast Scotland (mainly Angus and Aberdeenshire) steam had also made considerable progress, providing, in each case, about 75 per cent of requirements. Elsewhere, however, progress was much slower. In Derbyshire, in the South-west counties of England and in the central counties of Scotland (with Fifeshire and Stirlingshire predominating) water still supplied around twothirds of the total power used in textile mills, whilst in the West Midlands (where Gloucestershire was the chief centre) the figure was well over half.

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