Circular visualisation of historical migration in England in the long eighteenth-century

Stuart Gietel-Basten

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    Migration is a central component of both individual life-courses and macro-level demographic systems. In the absence of population registers and other surveillance systems, however, it is often difficult to measure. This is especially the case in historical populations. Compared to measures of fertility, nuptiality and mortality, then, migration processes are rather less studied. Recent studies in the English historical context have challenged long standing theoretical constructs concerning the relationship between migration and modernisation; gender and distance travelled; motivation for movement and the very nature of the movers themselves. Using a set of marriage registers for a large, agricultural county, this study explores intra-county migration among a predominantly young population over the period 1700 to 1836. The proportion of migrants is explored as well as the distance between ‘home’ and ‘marriage’ parishes. For perhaps the first time, chord diagrams are deployed for historical English migration data to visualise inter- and intra- regional/district migration. Although there are numerous limitations concerning the scope of the sample and the study, the evidence presented here broadly accords with recent studies of migration in pre-industrial England; and shows the potential to both use circular visualisation and exploit large scale samples of marriage registers to gain a further insight into a particular type of historical migration.

    Original languageBritish English
    Article numbere05490
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Nov 2020


    • Eighteenth-century
    • England
    • Geography
    • History
    • Human geography
    • Human migration
    • Lincolnshire
    • Marriage
    • Migration
    • Nineteenth-century
    • Parishes
    • Social geography
    • Sociology


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