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Title: The genesis of the industrial revolution in Bradford 1760/1830
Author: Firth, G.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3465 5302
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 1974
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This study takes a panoramic view of the social. and economic history of a particular West Riding vicinity, during the experience of industrialisation. Victorian writers and antiquarians purveyed that brief period of Bradford's industrial "take-off", simply as antecedent to their own more illustrious "Golden Age". In the eight decades after 1760, Bradford sowed the seeds of that future prosperity, and cast off the mantle of medievalism which it had carried for so long. It is this break with the past, the great discontinuity in the town's history, that is the subject of this present study. The geographical limitations of the study need defining. Although a large number of references are made to the township itself, a similar number stretch beyond. The parish, whose boundaries stretch almost to the borders of Lancashire, covers fifty one square miles. In addition, the township acted as the main commercial centre for many of the surrounding villages. Consequently, its trades and industries have permeated these outlying hamlets. Horsforth, for instance, lies between the towns of Leeds and Bradford and is geographically inclined more towards the former, yet its concentration on the worsted trade and the influence of its manor lords, brought it under the influence of Bradford. At this point, therefore, it might be stressed that the township as a religious and commercial centre exerted an ascendancy over other villates in close proximity. Thus, the historical references in the subsequent chapters are made to an area greater than the township itself, which is to be found at the junction of four small streams, three miles south of the River Aire. It is situated in a basin-like crater from which the dip slopes of the Pennine foothills rise on all sides except one. Moreover, Bradford stands on the most north westerly corner of the Yorkshire Coalfield. The area from which evidence is drawn is more extensive than this sheltered "basin".
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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