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Transitional hunting landscapes: deer hunting and foxhunting in Northamptonshire, 1600-1850

Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries the sport of hunting was transformed. The principal prey changed from deer to fox, and the methods of pursuit were revolutionized. The traditional explanation of the hunting transition has aligned…

The suburbs of Victorian Oxford: growth in a pre-industrial city

This study examines the origins, growth and subsequent character of the Victorian suburbs of Oxford, a small provincial city with no industrial base. Major sources include newspapers, census enumerators' returns, deposited plans, and plan registers,…

The politics of sudden death: the office and role of the coroner in England and Wales, 1726-1888

The office of coroner has attracted little attention from academic historians. This thesis presents the first comprehensive study of the role across England and Wales between 1726 and 1888. It engages with, and throws new light on, some of the major…

The Politics of Canal Construction: The Ashby Canal, 1781-1804

Between 1781-1804 the residents of a number of parishes in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire found themselves on the receiving end of the promotion and construction of the Ashby Canal. As with most new developments, especially those that…

The origins of the village in South Wales: a study in landscape archaeology

The debate on the origins of nucleated settlement and their associated open-field agricultural systems is now one of the most frequently encountered in landscape studies. This thesis has explored this debate in a processual framework. A…

The history of the Forest of Dean as a timber-producing Forest

Archaelogical research has abundantly shown that the primitive lands of a wide area, of which the Forest of Dean is a survival, were densely wooded. The abundance of wood was eroded through centuries by assarting, industrial activity, neglect, and…

The corporation and tradesmen of Stamford, 1461-1649, with an indication of developments until 1750

This thesis examines critically the corporation of Stamford, from the granting of its Charter of Incorporation in 1461/2 to 1649, a period extended in specific instances to approximately 1750. The emphasis of Section I, 1461/2-1558, is upon a…

The composite manor of Brent: a study of a large wetland-edge estate up to 1350

A fascinating alluvial landscape dominated by Brent Knoll, plus surviving surveys from 1189,1235,1260 and 1307, intermittent account-rolls from 1257 and court-rolls from 1265, together render the ancient estate of Brent with its component manors of…

Techniques for reconstructing landscapes. A study of Allesley, Coundon and Stoneleigh parishes in the Warwickshire Arden

This thesis demonstrates that private researchers with limited resources can use computer-based methods to reconstruct and understand old landscapes in the greatest detail and to the highest accuracy that the documentary evidence allows. The most…