The 1824 drawing of Bath reminded me very much of the 1962 L S Lowry painting of a coal mining village, believed to be near Abertillery in South Wales. It is another town carved out of the rural landscape: tight, dense and relentless. Do we mistake this density for a kind of urbanity or should it be more realistically considered expeditious worker's housing, one step up from the hostels of Fort MacMurray, or South Africa.
Lowry didn't include the rest of the colliery landscape, seen in this photograph below, with the pit head at the end of the terrace.
It is this historic spatiality that allows England to fit 51 million people into an area a bit larger than Vancouver Island and still have huge agricultural landscapes, estates and forests.