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Beyond the MetropolisThe changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880$
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Katy Layton-Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099694

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099694.001.0001

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Improving the urban image

Improving the urban image

(p.89) 3 Improving the urban image
Beyond the Metropolis

Katy Layton-Jones

Manchester University Press

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, improvements to urban landscapes, their profitability, and populations were made across Great Britain. Some took the form of new commercial facilities, such as docks and warehouses, while others served the physical and psychological needs of residents and took the form of walks, public parks, cemeteries, and hospitals. Chapter three traces the ways in which such improvements influenced the changing form and representation of British provincial towns. Contrary to received historical wisdom that presumes many such improvements were conceived as antidotes to urbanization, this chapter will demonstrate how green spaces, docks, chimneys, and colleges were designed and represented as equal and intrinsic components of the urban realm.

Keywords:   Park, Improvement, Sanitation, Docks, Pollution, Cemeteries, Education, Smoke, Health, Environment

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