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The distribution of years of highest house price inflation in Britain, 1983 to 1989.

Discrete shades of grey showing year of highest inflation from building society records (Appendix D), transferred to over 10,444 wards on an equal population cartogram software by author on an Archimedes computer.

The ring can be seen around London, where in 1983/84 suburban house prices were increasing fastest there. The dark expanse of the northern half of the country shows how prices there began to catch up in a small way in later years. Scotland appears to present a relatively independent market. The speckled nature of the picture shows how the pattern is not at all uniform, and also illustrates the problem of trying to apply discrete, two dimensional categories to a three-dimensional pattern.