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The figures are somewhat misleading, for while these towns had the fastest rates of growth they started the century with such small base populations that any growth yielded a very high percentage growth rate. In terms of absolute population growth the largest increases were recorded in the major cities: Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Newcastle and, of course, London. Two other features of nineteenth-century urban growth have been illustrated by Robson (1973). Firstly, for any particular decade, the range of growth rates is much greater for small than for large towns.
1 9 7 8 ) An Historical Geography of England and Academic Press, L o n d o n . Medieval social conditions are reviewed in: Brooke, C. ( 1 9 7 1 ) The Structure of Medieval Postan, M. M. ( 1 9 7 2 ) The Medieval Economy Wales, Society, Thames & Hudson, London. and Society, Penguin, Harmondsworth. The concept of the community is examined, together with more recent British examples, by: Bell, C. and N e w b y , H. ( 1 9 7 1 ) Community Studies: an introduction to the sociology of the local munity, George Allen & Unwin, L o n d o n .
1 9 7 7 ) Late medieval Gloucester: some data from a rental of 1 4 5 5 , Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, New Series, 2 , 2 5 9 - 7 7 . Patten, J. ( 1 9 7 8 ) English Towns: 1500-1 700, Dawson, Folkestone. Sjoberg, G. E. ( 1 9 7 1 ) Land assignment in the precapitalist, capitalist and postcapitalist city, Geography, 4 7 , 1 0 1 - 2 0 . 39 Economic A valuable collection of essays by more than a dozen authors (including Everitt on market towns, Fisher on London as a demand centre, and Glass on the socio-economic status of London's residents) is: Clark, P.