Impact of Railways on the Countryside

Main Themes and Motifs

- Faster transport of produce to market

- Benefits to the general rural economy

Chronology

1820-29
1830-39
1840-49   205; 327; 458
1850-59
1860-69   203; 473;
1870-79   148
1880-89
1890-99
1900-09
1910-19

Historical Background

The railways made it much easier for country folk to get both themselves and their produce into town. 

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Travelling on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 1831 (Detail)