Locality and Region Seminar 11 Dec 2018

11 December, 2018 - 17:15
IHR, Room 304
Little London in Brill, Buckinghamshire c.1580

We hope you will join us for the final Locality and Region seminar this term on 11 December.  The seminar will resume on 22 January 2019.

Liminal places and overlapping boundaries: Little Londons and marginal settlements since medieval times

Dr John Broad

Campop - The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

From the later nineteenth century, English boundaries, county, hundred, and parish, were generally well-defined. It is easy to assume that early modern boundaries were also largely demarcated and coherent, even if in the middle ages they were murky, but this not the case for a substantial proportion of places in lowland as well as upland England.  This paper begins by looking at the nature and extent of boundary overlaps and inconsistencies before 1850, discusses why and how they affected people's daily lives, and the uses to which they were put, before examining the growth and development of border settlements through a case study of over 140 Little Londons.

 

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