The Bristol Region is the only one to take its name from its largest urban centre — a feature which indicates both the historical importance of Bristol and its commanding position in this period in what was now not a relatively densely populated part of the country. Bristol grew up on the border between Somerset and Gloucestershire, and these two counties, with the exception of the eastern slope of the Cotswolds, but with the addition of the Avon Valley in Wiltshire, constitute the region we are now about to consider.


Free Trade Eighteenth Century Social Geography Populated Part Market Town 
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    Much of the history of Bristol remains to be written, but see B. Little, City and County of Bristol (1954) and, for an analytical survey with some historical background, C. M. MacInnes and W. F. Whittard, Bristol and Its Adjoining Counties (Bristol, 1955).Google Scholar
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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St. John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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