Books : reviews

Tom Welsh.
Local History on the Ground.
History Press. 2009

Every place bears the mark of history. This book sets out to make exploration of the local landscape and the traces of past locked within more accessible to local historians.

This back-to-basics approach takes a fresh look at how to identify the manmade and natural features of an area, and how to interpret the evidence this reveals. Visible traces such as old trackways, buildings and earthworks and the physical characteristics of the land provide clues as to how a place was used over the ages. These investigations can also be combined with the use of complementary sources such as local documents, old maps and air photographs. Illustrated throughout, this book will be useful for anyone curious about how to approach the history of their own locality.