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Many changes occurred in Britain during the period of 1750 - 1850 Consequences of these changes led to what has come to be known as the Industrial Revolution Rapid Industrialisation was the engine room for such a revolution In 1750 much of Britains population were located in rural areas and were in the most part employed in agriculture by 1850 much of this had changed by now the majority of Britains population had re-located to the urban areas and were employed in various jobs either in large factories shops offices the railways and other businesses operating to serve the needs of the industrial sector This shift can be seen by the figures below Patterns of employment income expenditure and residence 1700 Male Employment in Agriculture 612 Male Employment in Industry 185 Income from Agriculture 374 Income from Industry 200 1760 Male Employment in Agriculture 528 Male Employment in Industry 238 Income from Agriculture 375 Income from Industry 200 1800 Male Employment in Agriculture 408 Male Employment in Industry 295 Income from Agriculture 361 Income from Industry 198 1840 Male Employment in Agriculture 286 Male Employment in Industry 473 Income from Agriculture 249 Income from Industry 315 There were many factors which contributed to the shift in population from rural to urban areas coal iron textiles transport and pottery to name a few they all had a major effect on Britains economy as a whole and enabled her to exapnd her empire and become a major player in the world market By 1840 over 200000 men women and children worked in the mines Coal needed many workers in small seams without machinery so families moved into villages and towns in NE England S Wales central Scotland built beside the pits The Newcomen Steam Engine and later Watts
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