Most English and Welsh towns were founded or grew rapidly in the later medieval period, in particular between the mid twelfth and early fourteenth centuries. This book begins by giving a brief outline of the great growth in the number and size of towns and outlines the archaeological, documentary and cartographic evidence that is available. It then goes on to relate that evidence to surviving and lost features in the townscape, with the aim of providing enough background material for the reader to be able to se why, when, where and how any medieval town grew. Particular topics covered include town sits, their overall layout, street patterns, defences (castles, walls and gates), markets, trades, churches, chapels, monasteries, suburbs, property boundaries and houses.
- Softcover: 64 pages
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Black & White/Line
- ISBN-13: 9780747800651
- Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 15.0 x 0.5 cm
Brief introduction into how to interpret extant town plans (in Britain) and the context within which medieval towns were designed and planned. Examines plan layouts, defenses, streets and commercial centres such as markets, and also includes a case study. Good selection of further reading and index [UK].