Historic ports and coastal sailing routes in England and Wales, 1540-1914


This dataset includes a reconstruction of historical ports and shipping routes in England and Wales, between the c.16th and c.20th. It includes 479 ports and landing locations compiled from primary and secondary sources. It also includes shipping routes aimed to broadly represent historical corridors followed by ships and vessels.Between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries England underwent both massive urbanisation and a radical transformation of the urban hierarchy not paralleled in any other European country. Over the same period the country's transport infrastructure was transformed, by river improvements, by turnpike road construction, by the creation of a canal network, the railways and the advent of steam-powered iron and steel hulled ships. These two developments were closely related to a third, the diffusion of new productive technologies. In this project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the National Science Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, we are taking advantage of the new technological possibilities created by Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to combine the massive body of datasets created by the Occupational Structure of Britain c.1379-1911 project at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure with a range of new datasets to explore the relationships between improvements in transport infrastructure (navigable rivers, canals, turnpike roads etc), urbanisation, market access, technological change and long-run economic development.

Historical data was gathered from several primary and secondary sources; including scholarly articles, book chapters, historical atlases, early charts, and manuscripts.

DOI https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-853711
Metadata Access https://datacatalogue.cessda.eu/oai-pmh/v0/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_ddi25&identifier=8337f7a6208208ec1c4d89fd94a35357b0c228ee0255f6acf94bc20148e407fc
Creator Alvarez-Palau, E, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Dunn, O, University of Cambridge; Bogart, D, University of California Irvine; Satchell, M, University of Cambridge; Shaw-Taylor, L, University of Cambridge
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2019
Funding Reference Leverhulme Trust; Isaac Newton Trust; National Science Foundation
Rights Eduard J Alvarez-Palau, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Oliver Dunn, University of Cambridge. Dan Bogart, University of California Irvine. Max Satchell, University of Cambridge. Leigh Shaw-Taylor, University of Cambridge; The Data Collection is available to any user without the requirement for registration for download/access.
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Geospatial
Discipline Economics; History; Humanities; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage Ports spread along the coast, including navigable rivers; England; Wales