Books : reviews

Tom Williamson.
Shaping Medieval Landscapes: settlement, society, environment.
Windgather Press. 2003

Gerry Barnes, Tom Williamson.
Hedgerow History: ecology, history and landscape character.
Windgather Press. 2006

From the Scots pine rows of Breckland to the ancient earth and stone banks of the West Country, hedgerows are an essential component of regional landscape character. A working knowledge of hedges is an essential part of every landscape historians toolkit; yet we understand them less well than we do many other features in the landscape.

The authors ask why hedgerows vary across different parts of Britain, and investigate the ecological, economic and historical reasons for these variations. Drawing upon a unique computerised analysis of hedges in Norfolk, they explore how hedges came into existence, and how they have changed over time. They move beyond the myth that a hedge can be dated simply by counting species, and develop instead a much more sophisticated account of hedgerow history. They point out marked geographic variations in species content and diversity, and explore the reasons for these differences.

Essential reading for all those interested in hedgerows and trees, the new research presented in this book has implications for the practice of landscape history across the whole of Britain.

Tom Williamson.
Rabbits, Warrens, and Archaeology.
Tempus. 2007

Tom Williamson.
Sutton Hoo and Its Landscape:the context of monuments.
Windgather Press. 2008