Three Hertfordshire Villages Survey

Scope and Content

The papers are stored in one archival box and are sorted into 18 folders. Folder one contains pilot questionnaires; folder two to seventeen contains 312 completed questionnaires; folder 18 contains contextual material.

Administrative / Biographical History

This was the first social study of the influx of middle class managerial and professional commuters to Hertfordshire villages; and the impact that this selective migration of newcomers had on formerly rural communities. One of the three villages studied still maintained the character of a predominantly rural, agriculturally centred, parish, whilst the two other villages were situated on the 'rural-urban fringe frontier'. This study focused on questions of segregation; the relationship between class and commuting; the social and geographic origins of the population studied; and the pattern of economic and social links with 'the outside world'.

Conditions Governing Access

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Other Finding Aids

A Collection level record for all paper based materials in the data collection is available via Qualidata's online catalogue, Qualicat.

Conditions Governing Use

No part of the NSPSCA collections may be reproduced, published, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Albert Sloman Library. This may be obtained by application to the Librarian or Deputy Librarian.

Confidentiality

The materials held in the collection contain personal and identifying information. It is essential that the privacy of all respondents is not infringed. No real names or any other identifiable information used in the studies may appear in public. No attempt may be made to contact respondents directly. Use of the materials to derive information relating specifically to an identified individual or to claim to have done so is prohibited.

Appraisal Information

In consultation with academic colleagues, the library special collections acquisitions staff evaluate collections by assessing their relevance to the teaching and research interests of the University.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired and prepared for archiving by Qualidata in 1997 and deposited in the NSPSCA.

Accruals

Additional material is not expected

Bibliography

  • Pahl, R.E. 'Education and social class in commuter villages', ('Sociological Review', Vol.XI, No. 2, 1963)
  • Pahl, R.E. 'Education and social class in commuter villages', ('Sociological Review', Vol.XI, No. 2, 1963)
  • Pahl, R.E. 'The Two Class Village', ('New Society', 27/2/1964)
  • Pahl, R.E. 'The Two Class Village', ('New Society', 27/2/1964)
  • Pahl, R.E. (1965) 'Urbs in Rure, the Metropolitan Fringe in Hertfordshire', (London)
  • Pahl, R.E. (1965) 'Urbs in Rure, the Metropolitan Fringe in Hertfordshire', (London)
  • Pahl, R.E. 'Class and community in English commuter villages', ('Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology', Vol. 5 no. 1, 1965 pp 5 - 23)

Additional Information

National Social Policy and Social Change Archive (NSPSCA), Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex