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The Earles of LiverpoolA Georgian Merchant Dynasty$
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Peter Earle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381731

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381731.001.0001

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This Very Opulent Town1

This Very Opulent Town1

(p.19) Chapter Two This Very Opulent Town1
The Earles of Liverpool

Peter Earle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focusses on Liverpool in general 1750-1800 and sets the scene for the rest of the book. Subjects discussed include population and commercial growth, the physical expansion of the town as population quadrupled in half a century and the development of a commercial infrastructure with the building of docks, canals and improved roads. Social developments are also discussed. These include the building of attractive houses and facilities for entertainment such as public walks, horse racing, assemblies and theatres. The local newspaper has been the main source, though use has also been made of the diary kept by Hannah Lightbody in the late 1780s. Overall, Liverpool’s social development was similar to that in the towns of southern England, but about 50 years later.

Keywords:   population, transport, social life, theatre

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