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A study of 'common-edge drift' in Norfolk


Wegman, IC, A study of 'common-edge drift' in Norfolk (2013) [Masters Coursework]

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The Norfolk landscape has continuously changed and developed over the centuries as farms have grown and amalgamated, towns expanded, and coastlines eroded. Despite this, it retains the shadows of former eras including prehistoric burial mounds, Roman roads, and medieval field patterns. Although post-medieval alterations and additions have influenced the county’s landscape, the settlement patterns were created earlier, in the medieval period. One characteristic feature of this time is the ‘isolated’ parish church. Now standing surrounded by wheat or cows, it is a familiar icon of East Anglia, but one rarely seen elsewhere. Nearly every Norfolk local will have a story of a relative who lives in a small village lying separate from the parish church, and theories about its origins. Rumours of Viking raids, the Plague and over-zealous enclosure abound.

Item Details

Item Type:Masters Coursework
Keywords:medieval, common-edge drift, GIS, church buildings, agriculture
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Wegman, IC (Dr Imogen Wegman)
ID Code:125669
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-04-28
Last Modified:2018-05-01

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