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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

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(p.15) 1 The Nature of Towns
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Cities Divided
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John Miller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.003.0002

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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