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Sound Faith: Religion and the Aural Environment of Towns in Northern England, ca. 1740-1830

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Article

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Abstract

This article focuses on how sound – and hearing – shaped the relationship between religion and the urban environment in the rapidly industrialising towns of eighteenth-century northern England. Examining individual responses to sounds, it argues that not only did a religious ear help contemporaries to navigate and interpret urban space, but the sounds of the town could act as a stimulus to religiosity. It therefore challenges a prevailing historiographical tendency to associate urbanisation with declining religiosity, and instead argues for the importance of faith to how contemporaries inhabited and interpreted industrialising towns.

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4303 Historical Studies, 43 History, Heritage and Archaeology

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Cultural and Social History

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1478-0038
1478-0046

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18

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

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