nCube : Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data)

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Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data)
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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 Mapping 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.

Data available for download:

Data for these unit types and dates are available to UK Federation members for download — select one:

Unit Type Date Data Count

1931 36

1931 366

1931 198

nCube " Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data) " is contained within:

Themes, which organise the database into broad topics:

Entity ID Entity Name
T_LAND Agriculture and Land Use

Universes, definining what the values in datasets add up to:

Entity ID Entity Name
U_LAND_LUS Total area measured by LUSGB, in acres

nCube " Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data) " contains:

Variables, defining what data was gathered for :

Entity ID Entity Name
V_LUSGB Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain categories

Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data): Data map listing

Each of our datasets, or nCubes, combines one or more variables (Var) each of which consists of a set of categories. The data map lists all the possible combinations of categories. The cell references are the identifiers held in our main table of statistics, recording what each number measures.

Cell Reference Var Category Value
LUSGB:farm 1 Farmland
LUSGB:orchard 1 Orchards
LUSGB:wood 1 Woodland
LUSGB:rough 1 Rough Grazing
LUSGB:garden 1 Houses with Gardens
LUSGB:unprod 1 Agriculturally Unproductive