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.
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)
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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