Historic ports and coastal sailing routes in England and Wales, 1540-1914

Alvarez-Palau, Eduard J and Dunn, Oliver and Bogart, Dan and Satchell, Max and Shaw-Taylor, Leigh (2019). Historic ports and coastal sailing routes in England and Wales, 1540-1914. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-853711

Between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries England underwent both massive urbanisation and a radical transformation of the urban hierarchy not paralleled in any other European country. Over the same period the country's transport infrastructure was transformed, by river improvements, by turnpike road construction, by the creation of a canal network, the railways and the advent of steam-powered iron and steel hulled ships. These two developments were closely related to a third, the diffusion of new productive technologies. In this project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the National Science Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, we are taking advantage of the new technological possibilities created by Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to combine the massive body of datasets created by the Occupational Structure of Britain c.1379-1911 project at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure with a range of new datasets to explore the relationships between improvements in transport infrastructure (navigable rivers, canals, turnpike roads etc), urbanisation, market access, technological change and long-run economic development.

Data description (abstract)

This dataset includes a reconstruction of historical ports and shipping routes in England and Wales, between the c.16th and c.20th. It includes 479 ports and landing locations compiled from primary and secondary sources. It also includes shipping routes aimed to broadly represent historical corridors followed by ships and vessels.

Data creators:
Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Alvarez-Palau, Eduard Jealvarezp@uoc.eduUniversitat Oberta de Catalunyahttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0368-9344
Dunn, Oliverod226@cam.ac.uk University of CambridgeUnspecified
Bogart, Dandbogart@uci.eduUniversity of California IrvineUnspecified
Satchell, Maxaems2@cam.ac.ukUniversity of Cambridgehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3340-9825
Shaw-Taylor, Leighlmws2@cam.ac.ukUniversity of Cambridgehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3703-7689
Sponsors: Leverhulme Trust, Isaac Newton Trust, National Science Foundation
Grant reference: RPG-2013-093
Topic classification: Transport and travel
Keywords: ports, transport infrastructure, geographical data, economic history, sea transport
Project title: Transport, urbanization and economic development in England and Wales c.1670-1911
Grant holders: Leigh Shaw-Taylor, Dan Bogart, Edward Anthony Wrigley, Paul Warde
Project dates:
1 January 201331 December 2017
Date published: 17 May 2019 11:54
Last modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:03

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