16 November 2013Posted: November 16, 2013
Distribution of primary UK wholesale markets 2009 (author’s data)
During the first part of the twentieth century, the First World War (1914-18) made food security a major issue in the UK and national pricing and consumption controls disrupted peoples’ day-to-day marketing habits. At the end of the war, national food policy ended but as the rail system continued to improve transport links, the government encouraged the organisation of central wholesale markets in large towns to encourage more efficient food distribution. Even today, as the map shows, primary wholesale markets demonstrate how their locations remain integrated with the transport network of rail and canals through the central backbone of the country.