Landscape and Townscape in the South West
- 142 Pages
This book examines recent views on the emerging settlement patterns of early medieval Britain and their relation to land use, drawing on both archaeological and documentary sources. Six essays, displaying the combined skills of historians, archaeologists and geographers, explore the evolution of the South West in rural and urban contexts across many centuries.
Simon Esmonde Cleary takes the study from the later Romano-British into the post-Roman period; Christopher Holdsworth examines the re-emergence of Christianity in sixth-century England, the location of minsters and their role in the economy. The problematic theme of continuity or dislocation recurs in a number of chapters and is closely investigated by Peter Rose and Ann Preston Jones in their chapter on Cornwall, a region marginal to the main thrust of Anglo-Saxon cultural influence. Ethnicity as a factor for change is challenged and Colleen Batey, looking at Northern Britain, finds that archaeology fails to identify with any degree of certainty the specific Scandinavian house type in the uplands.
Della Hooke presents a more general summary of the period across England, noting the evidence for the emerging landscape regions which were characterized by particular settlement types and field systems and, in a case study of the Failand ridge in North Somerset, James Bond sets the evidence within a much broader time scale, revealing the gaps which still caracterize our knowledge of the early medieval period.
This book examines recent views on the emerging settlement patterns of early medieval Britain and their relation to land use, drawing on both archaeological and documentary sources.
"… a fascinating insight for historical geographers, historians and archaeologists." (The Geographical Journal, Vol. 164(1), March 1998) "A good introduction to current debates, research preoccupations and methodological approaches, as well as giving the specialist much food for thought." (Landscape History)
The Contributors, vi; List of Illustrations, vii; List of Abbreviations, viii; Acknowledgements, ix; Preface Robert Higham, xi; English Uplands, South West and North East: local history and archaeology at inter-regional level. (The Harte Lecture, 1987) Peter Fowler, 1; The development of medieval rural settlement in Somerset Michael Aston, 19; Peasant farmers, patterns of settlement and pays: transformations in the landscapes of Devon and Cornwall during the Later Middle Ages Harold Fox, 41; New towns for old? Urban reconstruction after fires in the South West: the case of Blandford Forum, Dorset, 1731 Michael Turner, 75; The Georgian landscape garden: Devon in the national context Steven Pugsley, 91; The reform of urban management and the shaping of Plymouth's mid-Victorian landscape Mark Brayshay, 105.
- 142 Pages