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The economic geography of the south-east Midlands in 1801-1851

The economic geography of the south-east Midlands in 1801-1851

These maps have been produced by Leigh Shaw-Taylor, Max Satchell and Peter Kitson as part of the E.S.R.C. funded project, Male Occupational Change and Economic Growth in England 1750-1851 (RES 000-23-0131). They are draft maps and are not yet published. Please do not cite or reproduce them without written permission.

The maps cover the historic counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire Huntingdonshire, and Northamptonshire. They are based on four datasets: the electronic boundaries created by Kain and Oliver[1]; occupational data abstracted from c. 1050 Anglican baptism registers for the period 1813-20; occupational data published in the 1851 census; and parish and registration district population data published in the 1851 census.

The data are mapped at two spatial levels. A few of the maps use data from both 1813-20 and 1851 mapped into the 1851 registration districts (as defined by the 1851 census). Most the maps show 1813-20 data at parish level. Most of these have been selected because they exhibit geographical patterns which are obscured by mapping at more aggregate spatial units such as registration districts. We will soon be adding a parallel set of parish maps for 1881.

Note: Maps 1.2 to 2.2 have not yet been produced

Population Growth 1801-1851

1.1 Percentage population growth by registration district 1801-1851

1.2 Concentration of population growth by registration districts 1801-1851

1.3 Percentage population growth by parish 1801-1851

1.4 Concentration of population growth by registration districts 1801-1851

For further maps showing population growth for the same region by hundreds from 1761 to 1841 see 'Mapping the Hundreds of England and Wales in GIS'.

Adult male employment by registration districts in 1813-20 and 1851

2.1 Male employment by leading sectors

2.2 Highest sectoral location quotients for adult males

2.3 Percentage of adult males in primary employment

2.4 Percentage of adult males in secondary employment

2.5 Percentage of adult males in tertiary employment

Adult male employment by parish in 1813-20

3.1 Percentage of adult males in tertiary employment

3.2 Percentage of adult males employed in transport

3.3 Percentage of adult males employed in providing food and lodging

3.4 Percentage of adult males employed in fishing

3.5 Percentage of adult males employed in boat-building

3.6 Percentage of adult males employed in shoemaking

3.7 Percentage of adult males employed in hay and straw dealing

3.8 Percentage of males employed in lace-dealing

3.9 Percentage of males employed in making bricks and tiles

3.10 Percentage of males employed as bricklayers and masons

3.11 Percentage of males employed as thatchers

3.12 Percentage of males employed in forestry

3.13 Percentage of males employed in furniture making

3.14 Percentage of males employed in papermaking


[1] UK Data Archive, SN 4348 R.J.P. Kain and R.R. Oliver, Historic Parishes of England and Wales: An Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazeteer and Metadata; SN 4828 N. Burton, J. Westwood and P. Carter 'GIS of the Ancient Parishes of England and Wales, 1500-1850'.