History of Thornton Heath

History of Thornton Heath

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The history of Thornton Heath, in south London, England, merits study as an exceptional model of suburban development. In the 50-year period 1861-1911, it saw a complete transformation from isolated rural outpost to integrated metropolitan suburb. In its infancy, a new railway station sited in the eastern farmlands enabled that immediate area to evolve around a central point. In the late 19th century, the western part of Thornton Heath, which lay directly on the main London-Sussex road, demonstrated a classic form of suburban ribbon development. In the process, it became the final piece in an urban chain linking two major centres, London and Croydon, completing the greatest metropolitan expansion in the world at that time. Meanwhile, within the district itself, the initial aspiring middle-class enclave was switching to host a working-class population. So Thornton Heath combined elements of growth that have been defined as typically singular by the eminent suburbanologist H. J. Dyos: railway development alongside ribbon development, a dependency on two urban centres, and working-class enclaves developing alongside middle-class enclaves.show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 122g
  • Equ Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135924303
  • 9786135924305