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Title: Spatial patterns in the small town in the nineteenth century : a case study of Wrexham
Author: Irish, Sandra
ISNI:       0000 0001 3587 0100
Awarding Body: Aberystwyth University
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 1987
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Previous studies of residential differentiation in the nineteenth-century town have concentrated on larger, industrial towns of the period. As a counter-response to such work, this study examines the spatial patterns found in the small, Welsh town of Wrexham, during the middle decades of the nineteenth-century. Using data derived from the census enumerators' books for four dates (1841, 1851,1861 and 1871), the total population of the town is examined at each date. Both Principal Components Analysis and Cluster Analysis are undertaken on the data set with the scale of the analyses being at the level of the street, although some attempt is also made to disaggregate the enquiry to the level of the household for the year of 1851. The results for each date are compared to reveal the changing sociospatial patterns of the town over a thirty year period. The results suggest that small towns of the mid-nineteenth century were undergoing similar processes to those larger towns and cities previously studied by researchers, although the pace of change was slower and the resulting spatial patterns less dramatic in the small town. Even by 1871, modern levels of differentiation had not developed in Wrexham and were unlikely to do so in such a town. Most of the town still retained a mixed sociospatial structure with limited, localised segregation. Only the social elite and, to a lesser extent, the very poor were residentially segregrated at the end of the period.
Supervisor: Lewis, C. Roy Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Residential differentiation in the 19c