This is the first of three pages about the agricultural revolution and the enclosure of Trumpington.
Harvested fields at Clay Farm, to the north of the track from Paget Close to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, near Fawcett School, August 2007.
In the first part of the 18th century, there was an expansion of the wool trade and the development of metal trades. There was a shift of industrial and commercial activity from London to the north and west.
The conventional model of agricultural development was that there were revolutionary changes between 1760 and 1850. It is now thought that the changes were long-term and gradual and the term “revolution” is a misnomer, although the period from the 1760s was undoubtedly one of innovation and experiment.
Whether evolutionary or revolutionary, the cumulative effect of the changes affected every person and every aspect of life. There was an expansion of industry, commerce and political power, with a dramatic increase in population (particularly the urban population) and prosperity.
Beckett, John V. (1990). The Agricultural Revolution . Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-16287-9.
Evans, Eric J. (2001). The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870