Retail markets in northern and midland England, 1870-1914: civic icon, municipal white elephant, or consumer paradise?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/621102
Title:
Retail markets in northern and midland England, 1870-1914: civic icon, municipal white elephant, or consumer paradise?
Authors:
Mitchell, Ian
Abstract:
Retail markets were a notable feature of urban England in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, particularly in the midlands and north. Market halls were the most visible manifestation of this, and were important public buildings. This article looks beyond the imposing architecture to take a more critical view of their function and justification. It argues that while most were well-managed and earned income in excess of current expenditure, very substantial investment in large and elaborate buildings was hard to justify in purely financial terms. The return on capital was often negligible. Food and drink traders were the largest group in almost all markets, but there were significant numbers of traders selling clothing, textiles, and household goods. There was some justification to complaints that local authorities were providing publicly financed miscellaneous shops in competition with rent- and rate-paying shopkeepers. Most retailers supplying basic necessities operated from shops rather than markets. Saturday night markets were important in working-class culture and as a source of cheap food, but most day-to-day necessities were purchased from local shops or street traders.
Citation:
Retail markets in northern and midland England, 1870-1914: civic icon, municipal white elephant, or consumer paradise? 2017 The Economic History Review
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
The Economic History Review
Issue Date:
27-Dec-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/621102
DOI:
10.1111/ehr.12653
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/ehr.12653
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0013-0117
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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Ianen
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-13T12:07:02Z-
dc.date.available2018-02-13T12:07:02Z-
dc.date.issued2017-12-27-
dc.identifier.citationRetail markets in northern and midland England, 1870-1914: civic icon, municipal white elephant, or consumer paradise? 2017 The Economic History Reviewen
dc.identifier.issn0013-0117en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/ehr.12653-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/621102-
dc.description.abstractRetail markets were a notable feature of urban England in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, particularly in the midlands and north. Market halls were the most visible manifestation of this, and were important public buildings. This article looks beyond the imposing architecture to take a more critical view of their function and justification. It argues that while most were well-managed and earned income in excess of current expenditure, very substantial investment in large and elaborate buildings was hard to justify in purely financial terms. The return on capital was often negligible. Food and drink traders were the largest group in almost all markets, but there were significant numbers of traders selling clothing, textiles, and household goods. There was some justification to complaints that local authorities were providing publicly financed miscellaneous shops in competition with rent- and rate-paying shopkeepers. Most retailers supplying basic necessities operated from shops rather than markets. Saturday night markets were important in working-class culture and as a source of cheap food, but most day-to-day necessities were purchased from local shops or street traders.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/ehr.12653en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Economic History Reviewen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectmarketsen
dc.subjectretailingen
dc.subjectnorthernen
dc.subjectmidlanden
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectworking classen
dc.titleRetail markets in northern and midland England, 1870-1914: civic icon, municipal white elephant, or consumer paradise?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Economic History Reviewen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of Wolverhampton-
dc.date.accepted2017-08-
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-12-27en
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