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Title: The pre-medieval and medieval human landscape and settlement pattern of South-east Shropshire
Author: Croom, Jane Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 5223
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1989
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The subject of this thesis is the pre-medieval and medieval settlement pattern and human landscape of south-east Shropshire. Using the multi-disciplinary techniques first developed by H P R Finberg and C C Taylor, the area's administrative geography is investigated, in particular the pattern of Anglo-Saxon land units and settlements. Urban origins in the area and the extent to which the towns' roles may have developed out of the earlier, estate-based systems of administrative and economic exchange are investigated using the very considerable documentary, toponymic and topographical evidence available. Special attention is paid to the early history of two of the area's later medieval towns Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth. Much Wenlock is a planned town, focused on a seventh century royal minster, and possibly a place of pre-medieval importance. Bridgnorth is a twelfth century "new town", with a royal burh and royal free chapel nearby. The research into the towns' origins and their relationship to the medieval and pre-medieval landscape includes the detailed topographical analysis of the region using the earliest reliable maps. The towns' subsequent medieval growth is also studied, particularly in respect of each one's several sorts of relationship (eg. socio-economic, ecclesiastical) with the area's rural society and landscape.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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