THE TOPOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF MEDIEVAL TOWN PLANS: THE EXAMPLES OF MUCH WENLOCK AND BRIDGNORTH
Author: Croom, Jane N.
Source: Midland History, Volume 17, 1992 , pp. 16-38(23)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:W. G. Hoskins' seminal work, The Making of the English Landscape, published in 1955, has inspired over three decades of research into the origins and development of the human landscape. Landscape history demands a multi-disciplinary approach, utilizing evidence drawn from a wide variety of source materials, and one area where the advantages of such an approach can be demonstrated is with the study of the origins and growth of medieval towns. A more detailed picture of a town's history during the medieval period can be attained by applying the techniques of topographical analysis to its plan as well as examining documentary sources. Since the two complement each other, topographical analysis can still be undertaken even where the surviving written material is exiguous. Towns for which topographical surveys have already been undertaken include Lichfield and Saffron Walden (where the rural hinterlands of the towns have also been analysed) and Ludlow.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1992-01-01