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This paper examines the development of small medieval towns through a study of multi- disciplinary evidence of monastic activity in and around embryonic market settlements in northeast Shropshire. By comparing the parallel agendas of monastic landlords in these small towns and the surrounding...
Between 1220 and 1349 groups of people destroyed enclosure banks, hedges and fences in defence of their common rights. Many law suits were provoked by encroachments on common pastures. This reflected the importance of an enclosure movement which had its main impact in wooded, upland or wetland...
Rowland Vaughan, a Herefordshire landowner, has often been credited with the invention in the early seventeenth century of downward floated water-meadows or bedworks. However, a recent survey of the remains of water-meadows on the land in the Golden Valley owned by Vaughan has shown that the...
From the sixteenth century, antiquarians regarded the ‘savage’ inhabitants of remote ‘uncivilised’ countries as a model for the inhabitants and the landscape of ancient Britain. At the end of the nineteenth century important figures in the newly emerging discipline of archaeology were influenced...
From being viewed as ‘waste’ in need on ‘improvement’ many wetlands in the developed world are now perceived as valuable habitats enjoying protected status. The peatlands and alluvial terrain of the Marais Vernier form one such area, where numerous conflicts arose over the centuries regarding...
The transition from Marxism to a Western dominated market economy in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990 has had far-reaching effects on the rural economy and landscapes of the region. This paper examines the impact of the changes. The accession to the European Union in 2005 of eight former...
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