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An urban investigation of Dorking carried out at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre on the 29th September 2001.

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An urban investigation of Dorking carried out at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre on the 29th September 2001 Contents Page numbers can be found at bottom right in grey. 1: Cover 2: Contents 3: Introduction 4: Aims and hypotheses 5: How the project was carried out 6: Equipment 7: Presentation of data 8: Explanation of data 11: Conclusion 12: problems with our urban study Introduction On the 28th of September 2001 forms 8B & 8A went to Juniper Hall to carry out fieldwork on urban studies. Our geography and history teacher Mr Mono and gap year student Mr Canavan came along to supervise us. Our tutor Henry Norman guided us through what we would be doing and gave us hypotheses to prove. Aims and Hypotheses Aims: * To investigate the form and function of Dorking. Hypotheses: *There will be a distinct pattern of shop location: A) Comparison goods will cluster. B) Competitive goods will disperse. *There will be a positive relationship between shop quality and street appearance. *Pedestrian numbers will be greatest in the high street. ...read more.

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*Pedestrian numbers will be greatest in the high street 1. Distinct pattern of shops I found my hypotheses correct, competitive goods do scatter and comparative goods do cluster. This is because competitive (example: newsagents, supermarkets) goods are exactly the same, and people will buy from whoever is closest; and comparative (example: antiques) goods are different and people will compare, then buy, and its more convenient if they are all together. By looking at the map of the high street (Map 2) you can see that food shops (competitive) are scattered and there is a large cluster of specialist shops along West Street. 2. Shop quality and street appearance. Again I found my hypotheses correct. The scatter graph shows a positive relationship between these two factors. As street appearance increases, so does shop quality. 3. Pedestrian numbers Again my hypotheses proved correct, as you can see on the graph showing pedestrian numbers at survey points. All the highest pedestrian counts were found on the high street (Survey points I-N) ...read more.

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Dorking is an attractive town well used both by the local community and nearby areas, with people even coming from over 20 miles away. The main use of the town appears to be for general shopping, although, people from further away are probably attracted by the more specialised comparative goods such as antiques. Problems with my Urban Study THESE WERE MY MAIN PROBLEMS: Time was one of our main problems. I only had one weekend to do it so I couldn't compare with a weekday (the results on a weekday would have been different because adults would have been at work and children would have been at school). Also it started raining and some pedestrian counts may have been carried out in the rain, this would have affected the result quite considerately. Also when I returned to Juniper Hall result sheet was blurred, so I cannot be sure that our readings our 100% accurate. Also it was a Saturday and the Farmers Market was commencing, this had an effect because people would have been out when normally they wouldn't. Word Count: 1,068 1 ...read more.

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