Comment expliquer l’appellation de “high streets” (Royaume-Uni) ?

Hello all,I wonder if anyone can help with the query below, that is, why ‘high’ streets are called this. I’m afraid that the dead-line is very tight, but if anyone has any suggestions, I’m sure they would be much appreciated! Responses should be sent directly to Louise, at louise.arthur@terntv.com

Many thanks in advance!

Best wishes

Laura

Dr Laura UgoliniReader in History School of Law, Social Sciences and CommunicationsMC BuildingUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonWV1 1LYE-mail: l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk


From: Louise Arthur [mailto:louise.arthur@terntv.com]
Sent: Wed 04/05/2011 12:04

Dear Dr Ugolini

Thank you for agreeing to try to help me and apologies for the extremely tight deadline!

As I explained, I am working on a new BBC2 series Towns. Presented by Nicholas Crane, the series will look at how and why particular towns work.

I am trying to find out about the history of High Streets in the UK.   I don’t need to know about specific high streets, just general information about why they are called this. Was it always on the highest part of the town? Was it always the most important street in a town? Did it have anything to do with establishing a place as a town rather than a village? I have found some information on the internet but am not sure how reliable it is.

This is for a programme we are filming in Totnes in Devon at the minute so I am trying to find out what I can by the end of the day. Any help you can give me in understanding why high streets are so called would be much appreciated!

Many thanks and kind regards
Louise


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