Battling against heat-induced laziness i continued my trawl through secondary sources earlier in the week, something which will continue throughout the project i am sure. The big event of the week though was my first visit to Warwick archives. Although Stratford is likely to be where i will be mostly there are also some useful sources at Warwick.
These being 2 trade directories, i will be using this source to try and determine the economic development of Stratford in the early 19th century. Unexpectedly the directories were available on microfiche and so i didn't have to nervously handle a couple of centuries old books. Its the first time i've used a microfiche since i was about 15 or 16 and a school visit to Birmingham Central Library!
Now i am preparing to actually write something, i have to submit a sample chapter in early August so will begin preparing for that next week.