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Railways, roads and the British white fish industry, 1920-70

Wilcox, Martin



It is well known that the railways facilitated the development of the British fishing industry in the nineteenth century. Using sources only recently made available for research, this article explores the relationship between the fish trade and railways in the twentieth century. It concludes that the eventual withdrawal of British Railways from fish traffic was occasioned by the fact supply chains for many foodstuffs were revolutionised in the post-war period by the rise of large-scale processing industries and then multiple retailers, which mainly used road distribution. It was also, however, a product of the fish trades' fragmentation and divisions, and of failures of negotiation on both sides. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Wilcox, M. (2012). Railways, roads and the British white fish industry, 1920-70. Business history, 54(5), 741-764.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 16, 2011
Publication Date Mar 26, 2012
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 3, 2023
Journal Business History
Print ISSN 0007-6791
Electronic ISSN 1743-7938
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 5
Pages 741-764
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