South-East Region: Outside London

  • Henry Pelling


There is no doubt that the influence of London was felt everywhere in the South-East Region; but it was felt in different degrees, and there were as we shall see a few pockets of old-fashioned provincial life amid the general perhaps rather drab political homogeneity of the region. Immediately outside the L.C.C. area — which, at the time of its formation in 1888, contained the bulk of the built-up area of the metropolis and quite a large area of land still undeveloped — there was a substantial belt of suburban housing which had grown up by the end of the century and which, because it was contiguous to the L.C.C. area, must seem almost equally metropolitan in character, at least in the twentieth century. The spread outwards was, of course, uneven; its nature depended in part upon the availability of land, in part upon the quality of communications.1 Those who could afford it were already at the beginning of the period willing to ‘‘commute’’ to work in London from such comparatively distant places as Brighton ; and by the end of it, the ‘residential’ population of many of the more rural areas was becoming of much greater significance than the agricultural element.


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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St. John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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