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Do you agree with Smiths(TM)s interpretation of the effects of the opening of the Goole canal on Selby?

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Bethany Wadlow Do you agree with Smith's interpretation of the effects of the opening of the Goole canal on Selby? In this answer I will study all the sources and then make a decision whether they agree or disagree with Peter Smith's interpretation that Selby lost trade to the Goole canal. I will then make my own conclusion whether or not I agree with Smith's interpretation. Source A agrees with Smith's interpretation simply because of the fact that it says 'and Selby fares the worst' and therefore it is agreeing with Smith that Selby suffered when the Goole canal was opened. It is a rhyme that started in 1826. It could be quite useful because it was written at the time of the opening of Goole canal, however this was too early to reflect on its impact on Selby and tell whether it had made any effect or impact on Selby itself. It is also useful because it gives us an insight into the opinions of the people of Goole, and more times than not there are some truths in rumors. ...read more.


The main problem with the source is that it is missing key factors such as solid facts, figures or statistics and because the source is missing these vital things it is fairly un useful in helping me to find out if the opening of the Goole canal did have any effect on Selby, and the source does not actually even mention the Goole canal at all. Source B source disagrees with Smith's interpretation because it boasts about how well Selby is doing and says nothing bad about it such as that it is losing trade or suffering as a town. It is an extract from the section about Selby in the book 'A history of Yorkshire by Thomas Allen publishes in 1828. It is useful to me because it was written 2 years after the opening of the Goole canal, which means there would definitely have been a sufficient enough amount of time for any effects of the Goole canal to take place on Selby and be noticed. The source can be considered reliable because there is an author. The source could also be deemed fairly reliable because it mentions important marks in Selby such as the market cross and the ...read more.


The source is extremely limited in terms of helping me to answer my question because it does not tell us anything about the actual Goole canal or it having any effect on Selby. The source paints a picture that Selby is doing incredibly well and this could imply that the canal has no effect on Selby whatsoever. However the book which the source is from may have been written simply to promote Yorkshire and the source itself just to promote Selby and not tell us the whole truth, so therefore the source would be biased and unreliable. The source does not mention the abbey which is the largest most well known landmark in Selby and this makes me wonder whether or not Thomas Allen the author of the source had ever even visited Selby, and if he had not then the source would not have much reliability at all. Neither does the source have any facts figures or statistics which drastically drops the usefulness of it to me as it gives me no solid evidence to help me find out whether the opening of the Goole canal had any effect on Selby. ...read more.

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