Category Archives: Economic developments

Sir Richard Tangye 1833-1906

For the past year or so I’ve been helping Stephen Roberts to publish his work on Victorian Birmingham. This includes biographical studies of A. J. Langford and Sir Benjamin Stone, MP and pioneering photographer, as well a Mocking Men of … Continue reading

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Who were gentlemen in the nineteenth century?

The involvement of landowners on boards of manufacturing and commercial companies was complemented by the continuing movement of industrial and commercial wealth into land and an increase in intermarriage between the classes. By 1830, London bankers and merchants such as … Continue reading

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Families, firms and the rich

The move towards joint stock capital was linked to an increase in the levels of economic concentration. [1] In the 1880s, the hundred largest industrial firms accounted for less than 10% of the total market. However, a spate of company … Continue reading

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How did the banking system evolve after 1800?

Between 1800 and 1914, manufacturing industry grew steadily in importance to become dominant within the economy and this was reflected in the structure of class relations. The relationship between agriculture and industry changed tilting the economic balance of power in … Continue reading

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How far were entrepreneurs agents of change in the nineteenth century?

During the economic transformation between 1780 and 1830, entrepreneurs were regarded as the main instruments of change because of their enterprise and innovation, organisational skill and their ability to exploit commercial opportunities.[1] Many industrial pioneers operated in a uniquely favourable … Continue reading

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Economic change: Industry and industrialisation

The Victorian era was an age of coal and iron. [1]  Mechanisation and steam power transformed transport through the development of the railway system and, from around 1850, of marine transport.  While many goods were still largely hand-made, steam powered … Continue reading

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Economic change: Agriculture

 This blog examines the question of agricultural change between 1830 and 1914.[1]  A clear understanding of the economic profile of England and its social consequences is essential for grasping the major social transformation that occurred in this period.  External as much … Continue reading

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