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"Carrying goods" during the industrial revolution in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.,
This review is from: Packmen, Carriers and Packhorse Roads (Landmark Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
Another feather in the cap of a distinguished academic of the region.
The origins of the packhorse trails is still uncertain. Inquirers into this period of economic history may be confused by the restrictions to travel during the industrial revolution on the one hand, and what appears to be a contradictory ability to convey goods over difficult terrain such as the Pennines on the other. Perhaps the key to understanding this issue lies in this well admired book. Early industry was adequately served by the volume of raw materials and finished goods conveyed by "jaggers" or packhorse teams. Bottlenecks in supply and demand may have been overcome, eventually, by canal and railway development. Nevertheless, packmen and their teams remained an important avenue of transport in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Their routes are still marked within the landscape. These ways now provide marked pathways for walkers and people interested in having a greater understanding into their local and family history.
An interesting and informative book for anyone probing the history of the area. Among academic historians the work is already known. However, the book will especially inform local historans of the area and those genealogists following the history of families who lived in North Derbyshire or South Yorkshire, especially if their relatives were involved in the local coal, iron or lead industries. Many interesting references to follow up.
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