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Cities DividedPolitics and Religion in English Provincial Towns 1660-1722$
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John Miller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.001.0001

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The Nature of Towns

The Nature of Towns

(p.15) 1 The Nature of Towns
Cities Divided

John Miller (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to define the features which distinguished provincial towns from villages on one hand and London on the other. It looks at their economic functions: manufacturing, trade (overseas and inland), marketing and distribution. Many also had distinctive political structures (based on a corporation established by royal charter) and served as administrative centres or venues for elite social life: this period saw the beginning of the emergence of ‘leisure towns’. The chapter concludes with sketches of the towns which serve as the main case studies in the book: Norwich, Bristol, Hull, Winchester, Oxford, and Portsmouth.

Keywords:   charter, corporation, leisure, Norwich, Bristol, Hull, Winchester, Oxford, Portsmouth

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