New Winchelsea, Sussex: A Medieval Port Town (Field Archaeology Unit Monograph - Institute of Archaeology, London S. No. 2)

New Winchelsea, Sussex: A Medieval Port Town (Field Archaeology Unit Monograph - Institute of Archaeology, London S. No. 2)

By: B. Martin (author), D. Martin (author)Paperback

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The port town of Winchelsea is mentioned in most books which discuss medieval England, but perhaps inevitably, given the nature of the published literature, the references mainly concentrate on the town as a member of the Cinque Ports and on its planned grid system of streets laid out under orders of Edward I in the late 13th century. The town rarely appears amongst the lists of significant medieval towns and ports, unless the ranking is based upon participation in the maritime activities of the medieval realm. The implication is that Winchelsea was just another small medieval port catering to local needs. However, in the light of recent research, our views of the town's role in history need to be reconsidered. The various data presented within the pages of this monograph suggest that Winchelsea may have been considerably larger and more influential during the 13th and 14th centuries than is usually considered to be the case.

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The authors have long worked as a team. David, a former president of the Vernacular Architecture Group, is senior Historic Buildings Officer with the Field Archaeology Unit, University College London, and Barbara is an assistant Historic Buildings Officer with the same organization. Over the past thirty years they have undertaken extensive archaeological field work within south-east England, principally in the study of Vernacular architecture. They have an extensive publication record. Their speciality is the medieval and early-post-medieval domestic buildings of East Sussex. In addition to his work for University College London, David lectures for the Continuing Education Department of Sussex University.


Chapter 1: The Origins of Winchelsea. Chapter 2: The Development of Winchelsea and its Maritime Economy. Chapter 3: A Fight for Survival: The Sixteenth Century and Beyond. Chapter 4: The Town's Historic Infrastructure. Chapter 5: The Defences. Chapter 6: Government and the Municipal Buildings. Chapter 7: Ecclesiastical Buildings abd Hospitals. Chapter 8: The Burgage Plots. Chapter 9: The Winchelsea Cellars. Chapter 10: Domestic Buildings: Layout and Design. Chapter 11: Medieval and 'Transitional' Domestic Buildings: Material and Construction, Chapter 13: Waste Disposal. Chapter 13: Trade and Status: An Archaeological Perspective. Chapter 14: Conclusions.

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  • publication date: 15/12/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780954445652
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 222
  • ID: 9780954445652
  • ISBN10: 0954445651

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