Landscape and architectural history

Tracing the history of landscapes and buildings calls for specialist contextual and documentary knowledge. Reliably detailed maps are rare before the era of Parliamentary Inclosure and the Ordnance Survey, so interpretation of written sources and maps of variable quality becomes increasingly vital.

As a qualified and experienced Archivist, Peter Foden has a thorough understanding of the available sources, and how to find them, and would be pleased to cooperate with individuals, businesses or groups who want to discover more about past landscapes and buildings.

Following the Furrows was a module specially devised by Peter for the University of Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School (2009), looking at documentary evidence for open-field agriculture in England.

A successful project in collaboration with an amateur archaeologist and geophysicist identified the location of a mediaeval Hospital and its Chapel, through discovery of dispersed archival documentation and its interpretation. Peter's work for the Norton Community Archaeology Group between 2010 and 2015 identified topographical features and buildings in mediaeval court rolls. He was also involved in a Heritage Lottery Fund project Newark Hidden Heritage.

A local history group in Lambley, Nottinghamshire, also used part of an HLF grant to run a series of classes studying fifteenth century account rolls, producing clear evidence for a moated manor house complex and the development of a nucleated settlement.

Such projects about built and inhabited environments may well have value beyond the purely historical: mineral and sporting rights, rights of way, ancient hedgerows and woodland, building development and land use.

Peter Foden's help with my amateur archaeology projects has been truly invaluable. Not only has he been able to transcribe all manner of documentation, but his knowledge of location of archive material has helped immensely in moving forward several locally important historical conundrums and indeed has potentially preserved these areas from destruction before they are fully understood. I certainly would have stumbled at the first hurdle and whilst able to find relevant documents online at the National Archives would not have been able to glean anything from them without Peter's professional help.

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