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Hoskins: The making of the English Landscape: What happens in this passage?

Factories and workers’ houses develop in the lower parts of towns, mainly because of the original need for work places next to canals or because flat land is easier to build on than hillsides. The drainage problems in these flat lands led to the poor sanitation of slum dwellings. Factory or mill owners usually lived on the more salubrious higher land overlooking the works.

 

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