1. Finally worked out how to join the dataset that Malcolm has been so patiently preparing to the map of the locations of the parishes. The result is below. Looks a bit as though south-west England is suffering from chicken-pox! We have the data on arable rents, yields, distances to nearest market-town and elevations for these parishes, nearly 800 of them. We have already done the basic statistics and found that there is a very strong relationship between rent, yields, distance and elevations. We also found that the elasticity of rent to what the farmer took home increased markedly as we moved east towards London. I don't know why that should be, but I suspect it might be connected to the amount of 'enclosure' that went on in the area. I'll work on that idea. Next step is to use some free software called Geoda to calculate the 'spatial lag', which is the grouping together of rents. Here's the map and then below some notes on Thorndon.
|The 800 (or so!) parishes in south-west England: data from the 1836 Tithe Files|