Material Matters: Improving Berwick upon Tweed's Urban Environment, 1551-1603

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This chapter focuses on the case study of late sixteenth-century Berwick-upon-Tweed to demonstrate that the regulation of the material environment – the disposal of waste, the installation of water supply and drainage infrastructure, the storage, sale and movement of economically valuable manure, the scouring of open sewers and the cleaning of household forefronts and streets – is a highly illuminating lens through which to analyse urban history.¹ Environmental regulation deserves to be recognised alongside topographical setting as an ‘analytical category’ for the study of urban society, culture and mentality, equally as valid as the other more familiar categories employed by...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800
EditorsAdrian Green, Barbara Crosbie
Place of PublicationWoodbridge
PublisherBoydell & Brewer
ISBN (Electronic)9781787441729
ISBN (Print)9781783271832
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameRegions and Regionalism in History
PublisherBoydell and Brewer


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