Wolverhampton and the Urban Text

In lieu of a normal blog this week, I’m reposting one I did for the British Association of VIctorian Studies postgraduate blog, on Wolverhampton, slum clearance, and my PhD research.

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Simon Briercliffe is a first year doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, working on a project entitled “The Stafford Street Area of Wolverhampton c1800-1871: the relationships of space, housing, demography and ethnicity”. His interests are in applying spatial and digital theory and analysis to urban “history from below”, which is usually an excuse to study as many maps as possible. Simon can be found on Twitter (@sbriercliffe) and WordPress (https://uptheossroad.wordpress.com)

© Crown Copyright and Landmark Information Group Limited 2015. All rights reserved. Wolverhampton 1889. © Crown Copyright and Landmark Information Group Limited 2015. All rights reserved. Wolverhampton 1889.

The map shown here is an unusual one for late-Victorian Britain, not for what appears on it, but for what doesn’t. The site of empty, undeveloped land is an odd one at a time when immigration into the industrial cities of Britain was still growing, and housing still in short supply. That’s particularly true of city centres such as that…

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