An understanding of the local history of a town allows you to appreciate it even more. It allows you to understand the experiences of former citizens of your town and what civic pride meant to them. The British Association for Local History is the umbrella organisation for Local History Societies and encourages the academic pursuit of the subject.
The following tables are derived from different sources and can be found in the book "Local History in England" by W.G. Hoskins (first published in 1959). They show the ranking of the leading provincial English towns over a period of about 300 years. Though they offer a good general guide to the change in economic conditions of some fifty towns, they must be used with a certain amount of caution. Some of the difficulties involved in setting out the tables are detailed in the notes below them.
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