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Title: Cluster and clash? : everyday space and the butchers of late medieval Winchester, 1360-1420
Author: Deering, Carly
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 7198
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2014
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This project focuses on the everyday relationship between people and the urban environment in the later middle ages. How do the spaces people create and inhabit on a daily basis shape their experience of the urban environment? How does the townscape influence the ways in which they operate? Focussing on the town of Winchester, c. 1360-1420, and the case study of the Winchester butchers, this project seeks to explore how this trade group interacted with the urban fabric. By the late medieval period, despite the contraction of the town the Winchester butchers were economically stable and operating in a key area of the marketplace. Various aspects of modern historiography describe butchers as marginalised, operating at the town limits and excluded from society. This project seeks to test this hypothesis on the Winchester case study. Using an innovative technological approach, this project explores how the use of 3D CAD modeling technology may help address these issues. By creating a 3D model of Winchester c.1417, it plots the butchers’ movements and activities in order to explore the key questions more thoroughly. In doing so, it is possible to see not only how the Winchester butchers interact with the rest of society, but also how they constantly negotiate and respond to their surrounding landscape. The use of such an approach assists in demonstrating that the apparent marginalisation of the Winchester butchers’ was complex. More broadly, this project reveals how such technological tools may help to explore the medieval urban fabric more deeply.
Supervisor: Resl, Brigitte Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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