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Urban planning and the design of towns in the Middle Ages: the Earls of Devon and their ‘new towns’

Urban planning and the design of towns in the Middle Ages: the Earls of Devon and their ‘new towns’ This paper examines what processes might have been involved in the design and planning of new urban landscapes in the High Middle Ages. It does so by looking in detail at the morphology of a group of late twelfth century ‘new towns’ established by one particular aristocratic family in southern England. The paper seeks to encourage a move away from orthodox interpretations of medieval urban forms, and challenges the view that irregularities in plan-form signify a lack of planning. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Planning Perspectives Taylor & Francis

Urban planning and the design of towns in the Middle Ages: the Earls of Devon and their ‘new towns’

Planning Perspectives , Volume 16 (1): 24 – Jan 1, 2001
24 pages

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Taylor & Francis
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1466-4518
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0266-5433
DOI
10.1080/02665430010000751
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Abstract

This paper examines what processes might have been involved in the design and planning of new urban landscapes in the High Middle Ages. It does so by looking in detail at the morphology of a group of late twelfth century ‘new towns’ established by one particular aristocratic family in southern England. The paper seeks to encourage a move away from orthodox interpretations of medieval urban forms, and challenges the view that irregularities in plan-form signify a lack of planning.

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Planning PerspectivesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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