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

20 - Regional and county centres 1700–1840

from Part III - Urban themes and types 1700–1840
Summary
A substantial number of the 'Great and Good towns' of early modern England fell into the category of county centres, towns whose social and economic influence over a broad hinterland beyond their immediate market area was recognised as 'county town'. In the eighteenth century the influence of Bristol, Shrewsbury and Chester was pervasive that Wales lacked any comparable regional centres of its own, while the Welsh border counties were inclined to look to Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester rather than to their own administrative capitals to fulfil the functions supplied by a county centre. One of the distinguishing characteristics of traditional county and regional centres in the nineteenth century was the fact that their range of administrative, social and commercial functions tended to produce a correspondingly wide and varied occupational structure. The vitality and diversity of urban society in the century after the restoration made even the smallest towns of sociability whose attractions were felt throughout their local spheres of influence.
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