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The British Market Hall: A Social and Architectural History

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The story of Britain's market halls - built to replace traditional open-air markets throughout England, Wales, and Scotland - is a tale of exuberant architecture, civic pride, and attempts at social engineering. This book is the first history of the market hall, an immensely important building type that revolutionized the way Britons obtained their consumer goods. James Schmiechen and Kenneth Carls investigate the economic, cultural, political, and social forces that led to the construction of several hundred ...
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Overview

The story of Britain's market halls - built to replace traditional open-air markets throughout England, Wales, and Scotland - is a tale of exuberant architecture, civic pride, and attempts at social engineering. This book is the first history of the market hall, an immensely important building type that revolutionized the way Britons obtained their consumer goods. James Schmiechen and Kenneth Carls investigate the economic, cultural, political, and social forces that led to the construction of several hundred market buildings in the two centuries after 1750.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300060645
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Food, Markets, and History
Pt. 1 Urban Space and the Reinvention of the Public Market
1 The Traditional Market 3
2 Inventing the Market Hall 21
3 Ownership, Tolls, and Market Reform 35
Pt. 2 The Architecture and Design of the Public Market
4 Great Expectations: Moral Architecture and Social Purpose 47
5 Market Hall Architecture: Typology and Design 61
6 Construction, Site, and Materials 95
Pt. 3 The Market Hall and Socioeconomic Change
7 Food, the Market Hall, and the Standard of Living 125
8 Patterns of Growth and Reform 144
9 The Grand Age of the Market Hall, 1830-90 160
Pt. 4 Decline and Recovery
10 The Public Market and the Retail Revolution, 1890-1939: Decline or Modernization? 185
11 The Public Market in the Age of the Supermarket, 1939 to the Present 201
Notes 221
Gazetteer and Guide to Local Sources 241
Credits 301
Index 305
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