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  • Print publication year: 2000
  • Online publication date: March 2008

2(a) - England: East Anglia

from Part I - Area surveys 1540–1840
East Anglia had a prolonged civic tradition. An interlocking mesh of pivotal towns both large and small had from early medieval times provided a highly distinctive feature of the local scene. An exuberant miscellany of eighteenth-century songs, poems and sayings unblushingly cheered the urban leaders. The larger centres across East Anglia played an obvious role as informal marriage marts and social meeting places, as they do today; and even small places attracted crowds for special events. Municipal and electoral politics also confirmed the historic importance of East Anglian towns. Across East Anglia, the urban pattern was one of low-level pluralism, with a multitude of small towns the Stowmarkets, East Derehams, Lintons, Kimboltons of England punctuated by a few larger centres. As Britain urbanised and industrialised, the towns of East Anglia lost their national importance. Regular linkages also meshed the region into the wider British economy.
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