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The View from the Street: The Landscape of Polite Shopping in Georgian York

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  • Matthew Jenkins


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JournalUrban History
DateAccepted/In press - 27 Oct 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2016
DatePublished (current) - Feb 2018
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)26-48
Early online date21/12/16
Original languageEnglish


Shopping during the eighteenth century is increasingly viewed by scholars as an important leisure activity, and an integral part of wider schemes of urban improvement. However the physical evidence in the form of standing buildings is rarely considered. This paper will demonstrate how a detailed examination and reconstruction of the urban landscape of York can illuminate how these practices were performed. The use of building biographies also allows owners to be identified and linked with specific shop types and surviving fabric. This enables exploration of how the physical environment influenced perceptions of the streetscape and the experience of interior retail space.

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