IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1312: Forests in England and Wales, III: Utility in the Forests

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:St John's College, University of Oxford
Organiser:John Langton, St John's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Robin Alan Butlin, School of Geography, University of Leeds
Paper 1312-aUpland Medieval Forests as Common Grazing Grounds
(Language: English)
Angus S. L. Winchester, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1312-bChanging Management Purposes in Clarendon Forest
(Language: English)
Amanda Richardson, Department of History, University of Chichester
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural
Paper 1312-cHistorical Concept to Physical Reality: Forests in the Landscape of the Welsh Borderlands
(Language: English)
Robert Silvester, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Welshpool
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies

Forests and chases arguably represent the broadly forgotten half of our pre-industrial agrarian and communal histories. Given their number, extent, and function in national life, the impact of forests and chases on the medieval landscape demands to be better understood. In northern England, where forests were important for cattle farming, vaccaries had as great an impact as deer-parks. In the south, royal perambulations demanded palatial accommodation and infrastructure for the chase. In Wales and the borderlands, forests were numerous but few, it seems, reveal themselves in the landscape. Should medievalists include 18th-century estate maps in their research kits?