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Landownership and Urban Growth in Bradford and Its Environs in the West Riding Conurbation, 1850-1950
M. J. Mortimore
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
No. 46 (Mar., 1969), pp. 105-119
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The tithe maps and the first edition of the Ordnance Survey Six-Inch Map provide a detailed picture of landownership and settlement in Bradford and its environs shortly before 1850. The subsequent rapid extension of the built-up area was closely influenced in plan by the antecedent pattern of landownership, an influence which has been found in other towns. Large estates were subject to special conditions which often prevented their use for building, giving rise to many of the undeveloped areas in the conurbation today. Smallholdings were far more numerous, freely available, and well suited to the small average size of unit in the building industry. Early development favoured areas of smallholdings, whereas municipal housing estates have tended to search out surviving large estates. Freehold tenure, an ancient feature of the district, influenced the structure of the building industry and may have been responsible for the adoption of the back-to-back style in working-class housing.
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers © 1969 The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)