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Tom Williamson and Anne Rowe talk about and sign their new book, Hertfordshire A Landscape History

Wednesday 26 June 2013
7:30

Anne Rowe and Tom Williamson have produced an authoritative new study, based on their own extensive fieldwork and documentary investigations, as well as on the wealth of new research carried out over recent decades by others – both into Hertfordshire specifically, and into landscape history and archaeology more generally.

 

The authors examine in detail the historical processes that created the county's modern physical environment, discussing such things as the form and location of settlements; the character of fields, woods and commons; and the distinctive local forms of churches, vernacular houses, and great mansions, along with their associated parks and gardens. Both the rural landscape and that of Hertfordshire's towns and suburbs have their particular stories to tell, and the book reveals how the landscape is itself an important source of information about the past. The great diversity of Hertfordshire's landscapes makes it a particularly rewarding county to study. Dividing the county into four broad regions – the 'champion' countryside in the north, the Chiltern dip slope to the west, the fertile boulder clays of the east and the heavy, unwelcoming London Clay in the south – the authors show how, in the course of the middle ages, natural characteristics influenced the development of land use and settlement to create a range of distinctive landscapes.

About the Authors: Anne Rowe is a landscape historian and the author of Medieval Parks of Hertfordshire.  She co-ordinates the research work of the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust.  Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia and heads the Landscape Group within the School of History. He has published extensively on landscape archaeology, agricultural history and the history of landscape design.

Tickets are £3 but the cost is redeemable against the purchase of the book on the night.

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