Continuity in the age of reform: freemen & the persistence of the old order in 19th century Grimsby

Shinner, Peter (2012) Continuity in the age of reform: freemen & the persistence of the old order in 19th century Grimsby. Midland History, 37 (2). pp. 163-186. ISSN 0047-729X

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This article develops some of the themes that concluded an earlier work on the Borough of Grimsby in the nineteenth century. That article examined the relationship between the borough’s middle classes and external forces, particularly the region’s major landowners and the railway companies, and its implications for the development of the town. Its conclusion, that the rise of Grimsby might be regarded as a qualified example of the ‘triumph’ of its middle classes, contained an inherent dichotomy: that the wealthiest town in Lincolnshire had an abysmal record in dealing with issues relating to sanitation, housing and the generality of the urban condition. This in turn raised questions regarding political hegemony and the performance of its civic leadership in an age of mass democracy and increasing public accountability. This article seeks to address some of those questions by considering the ways in which the town’s lengthy history as an incorporated borough, and particularly the enduring influence of its enrolled freemen, might have affected the nature and pattern of its development in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:Reform, freemen, organisation, party, faction, town clerk, William Grange
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:8375
Deposited On:26 Mar 2013 12:51

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