Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data)

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Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain categories 1931
Farmland 1,285,585 Show data context
Orchards 17,635 Show data context
Woodland 90,000 Show data context
Rough Grazing 247,680 Show data context
Houses with Gardens 21,400 Show data context
Agriculturally Unproductive 4,500 Show data context
Date: Source:
1931 L. Dudley Stamp, The Land of Britain: Its Use and Misuse (London: Longmans/Geographical Publications, 1948)

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The Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain, based at the London School of Economics and led by Professor L. Dudley Stamp, organised schools throughout Britain to map land use in their local area, using standard categories defined by Stamp. Survey work began in 1931 and was completed for most counties by 1935, although the very last area, the Isle of Arran in Scotland, was not completed until 1941. The main output from the LUSGB was the set of one inch to one mile maps which are included in our Historical Mappin...

g collection, but Stamp published county-level statistics in his book, The Land of Britain: Its use and misuse (1948 and later editions). We treat all LUSGB data as referring to 1931, the year the surveys started, to simplify comparison with data from the Farm Census and the Census of Population. Stamp's county summary statistics treat Suffolk as a single county, but we have divided his acreages between East and West Suffolk in proportion to their total areas, excluding water, as listed in table 2 of the 1931 Agricultural Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Devon AdmC through time | Agriculture and Land Use Statistics | Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data), A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th August 2022