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The plans and topography of medieval towns in England and Wales

M W Barley (editor)

CBA Research Report No 14 (1976)

ISBN 0 900312 33 5


Title page of report 14

The editor introduces this volume of papers read at a symposium in November 1974 and outlines the recent history of urban archaeology in this country. D M Palliser (pp 1-7) surveys the use of documents, standing buildings and below-ground archaeology for urban topography. H Carter (7-19) selects geographical aspects such as the influence of topography on urban form and statistical measures for street systems and plot shapes. The evolution of pre-Conquest planned towns is Martin Biddle's subject (19-32) and of post-Conquest plantations, L A S Butler's (32-48). The natural growth of towns (e.g. through markets) is surveyed by Colin Platt (48-56), post-Conquest defences by M W Barley (57-71), and suburban growth by D J Keene (71-82). Summaries of the discussion following each paper are provided and further problems needing research are defined.


  • Title pages
  • Introduction by M W Barley (p v)
  • Acknowledgments (p vi)
  • Sources for Urban Topography: Documents, Buildings, and Archaeology by D M Palliser (p 1)
  • The Town in its Setting: the Geographical Approach by H Carter (p 7)
  • The Evolution of Towns: Planned Towns before 1066 by Martin Biddle (p 19)
  • The Evolution of Towns: Planned Towns after 1066 by Lawrence Butler (p 32)
  • The Evolution of Towns: Natural Growth by Colin Platt (p 48)
  • Town Defences in England and Wales after 1066 by M W Barley (p 57)
  • Suburban Growth by D J Keene (p 71)
  • Further Research Projects (p 83)
  • Bibliography (p 84)
  • Index (p 89)

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