New Theory Claims England's North / South Divide Is In Leicestershire

According to Liverpool University, anyway

There are many ways to qualify where the South of England ends and the true North begins.

Some do it by measuring the length of the country from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Land's End and dividing it into thirds - which puts the start of the North around Leeds, and relegates Northern-wannabes like Manchester to merely to the top part of the Midlands. These people, incidentally, are correct.

Others take a more emotional approach to the matter, believing the North begins simply when people begin relaxing and talking to each other on the train, which basically means Doncaster.

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Now, according to the University of Liverpool, there is a third way – measuring population density, which has apparently shifted south over the past 40 years.

Their conclusion? The North actually begins at Snareston, in Leicestershire.

The study is based on the PopChange data resource, the first to look at population density by the square kilometre using each Census as a marker.

Chris Lloyd, Professor of Quantitative Geography at the university, said:

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"Our study of population changes in Britain finds that the population centre for each Census has moved steadily further south from Upper Midway in Derbyshire to Snarestone in Leicestershire, as the population of the country has shifted towards the South East.

"This reflects a north-south divide in population growth, with more rapid growth in London and the South East of England than elsewhere."

This approach, of course, does away with the Midlands as a concept – something many people would support in theory.

But it also bases the whole debate, essentially, on money: people drift south because the UK economy is weighted towards London.

If you ask us, it's merely the people of Liverpool trying to find a way to call themselves true Northerners, which of course they are not, living as they do in the top part of the Midlands.

Glad to have cleared that up for you.