Brechin 1862

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Heritage Cartography - Victorian Town and Village Maps

ISBN 978-1-908914-06-4
Size 600mm x 500mm
Uncoloured size 600mm x 500mm

Brechin in 1862 is seen as a relatively small market town but its old mediaeval village shape of the double line of cottages backed with burgage strips can still be clearly made out. The industrial revolution has brought great changes and the town has benefitted from the buoyant Scottish economy at this time. The recently constructed railway has connected the town to the east coast ports encouraging the development of the weaving trade and the large East Flax Mill has been sited the south east edge of town. Supporting the industry are a powerloom factory, warping and handloom factories. A paper mill is sited on the riverside. Brechin gives off an air of settled prosperity but the town in no doubt riddled with the well documented Victorian social and economic contradictions. The building at the centre of town with the largest text label is.....the Poorhouse.

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