This thesis examines the most striking recent change in Britain's population geography, namely the redistribution from urban to rural areas. Its particular focus is on the transition from depopulation to repopulation in remote rural localities: a trend referred to as the population turnround. Although the 1981 Census revealed the general spatial patterns of population change, there is still a dearth of detailed information which can explain how and why the population turnround in remote rural areas has occurred. Little is known about the migrants, their reasons for moving or their impact on the host area. To answer these kind s of questions, the project makes a detailed study of the population turnround in North Devon. A variety of data sources were used but the most important was a specially conducted questionnaire survey involving 300 personal interviews in South Molton and contiguous parishes.

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