Bargain An Archaeology of Town Commons in England Stockists

An Archaeology of Town Commons in England Stockists

Historically towns in England were provided with common lands for grazing the draft animals of townspeople engaged in trade and for the pasturing of farm animals in an economy where the rural and the urban were inextricably mixed. The commons yielded wood minerals fruits and wild animals to the town's inhabitants and also developed as places of recreation and entertainment as extensions of domestic and industrial space and as an arena for military religious and political activities.However town commons have been largely disregarded by historians and archaeologists; the few remaining urban commons are under threat and are not adequately protected despite recognition of their wildlife and recreational value. In 2002 English Heritage embarked upon a project to study town commons in England to match its existing initiatives in other aspects of the urban scene. The aim was to investigate through a representative sample the archaeological content and Historic Environment value of urban commons in England and to prompt appropriate conservation strategies for them. The resulting book is the first overview of the archaeology of town commons - a rich resource because of the relatively benign traditional land-use of commons which preserves the physical evidence of past activities including prehistoric and Roman remains as well as traces of common use itself.The recognition of town commons as a valid historical entity and a valued part of the modern urban environment is an important first step towards successful informed conservation. An important consideration for the future is maintaining the character of town commons as a different sort of urban open space distinct from parks and public gardens.Paperback 108pp75 colour and b&w illustrationsPUB DATE: September 2009

Bargain Deal: £20.00

An Archaeology of Town Commons in England Deals on eBay An Archaeology of Town Commons in England Deals on Amazon
EnglishHeritageShopAn Archaeology of Town Commons in England£20.00Visit Store

Guidebook: Osborne House

"The private home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was more than just a refuge from court life: it gave the couple the chance to indulge their interests and express their tastes. It is truly their creation from..."


Guidebook: Wall Roman Site

"The Roman town at Wall was an important staging-post on Watling Street one of the main roads in Roman Britain. The guest house and bath house the remains of which are still visible today were used by travelling..."


Haughmond Abbey

"Haughmond Abbey was a prosperous house of Augustinian Canons north-east of Shrewsbury.  Today it is an extensive ruin in the guardianship of English Heritage.The work reported on had its origins in excavations..."


Railways and Rural Life

"This beautiful photography book records the work of Sydney Walter Alfred Newton a commercial photographer who was based in Leicester in the late 19th and early 20th century. The young Newton recorded the London..."



"A detailed archaeological landscape survey that like all the best pieces of detective work investigates hillforts with the combined precision of the microscope and the ability to stand back and view the bigger picture...."


Guidebook: Carisbrooke Castle

"Carisbrooke Castle was the key to the defence of the Isle of Wight for more than six centuries this guidebook is beautifully illustrated and written by leading English Heritage experts.Carisbrooke Castle has been..."


Housesteads Roman Fort - the Grandest Station

"'Housesteads is one of the most important forts on Hadrian's Wall. Extensive excavations were carried out between 1874 and 1981 by Newcastle University. Combining the results with those of excavations done..."


Hadrians Wall

"'From 1976 to 2000 English Heritage archaeologists undertook excavation and other research on Hadrian's Wall firstly as rescue excavation later for research and management purposes. This book begins with..."


Guidebook: Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle

"The castles of Pendennis and St Mawes were built by King Henry VIII. They were part of a chain of coastal forts created when Spain and France threatened to invade England in the 16th century. For more than 400 years..."


Neanderthals Among Mammoths

"In spring 2002 mammoth bones and associated Mousterian stone tools were found in situ at Lynford Quarry near Munford village Norfolk UK. The finds were within the organic sediments of a palaeochannel.Excavation..."


Guidebook: Old Sarum

"Old Sarum is one of the most fascinating historic sites in southern England. There was originally an Iron Age hillfort here and later a royal castle and a great cathedral. This guidebook includes a tour of the Iron..."


Palaces for Pigs - (HB)

"Throughout the centuries there have been castles great and small for animals as diverse as goats and guinea pigs deer and dogs cows and bees pigs and horses as well as bears and even salmon.Thus a red sandstone..."


Guidebook: Carlisle Castle

"Glowering over the city Carlisle Castle is built on the site of a Roman fort at a crucial location where roads to Scotland and across northern England meet. A military base for some 900 years it was the last castle..."


Guidebook: Framlingham Castle

"Framlingham is a magnificent example of a late 12th-century castle set in a beautiful location in the Suffolk countryside overlooking Framlingham Mere. Built by Roger Bigod Earl of Norfolk one of the most influential..."


Guidebook: Berry Pomeroy Castle

"The most romantic and reputedly the most haunted castle in Devon this Berry Pomeroy Castle Guidebook is beautifully illustrated and written by leading English Heritage experts.The dramatic ruins of Berry Pomeroy..."

Copyright © Inc. All Rights Reserved.