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The form of the Anglo-Saxon plough has been a source of controversy for academics for many years. This note returns to review the sources, mainly from circa 1000 A.D. these sources are archeological, literary, manuscript illustrations and comparison with medieval and later examples. The form and...
Domesday Book for Suffolk and Norfolk is unique in including, for most vills, measures of ‘lengths’ and ‘widths’, expressed in leagues and furlongs. If multiplied together, these give areas smaller than the nineteenth-century parishes and amount to only about one-third of each hundred. The only...
This paper challenges the widely held belief that castles were necessarily raised in areas that allowed them to dominate population. It examines the relationship between Norman castles and population in East Anglia: a region that had the highest population density in eleventh- and...
While historians have increasingly appreciated the role of agriculture in the medieval Welsh economy, even in some upland areas, the physical remains have been little studied. This paper identifies three areas of relict medieval cultivation, together with associated habitation sites, at high...
This paper describes a remarkable archaeological site at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. It is interpreted as the remains of a late medieval house and elaborate garden of a type hitherto unknown in Britain. The documented history suggests that it was created by John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester,...
Compared with the amount of research on the enclosure of open field arable, research on the parliamentary enclosure landscapes of upland waste in northern England has been neglected. Using a case study from north Westmorland, this article examines the chronology and geography of parliamentary...
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