Welcome to the homepage of the Mapping the Medieval Urban Landscape Project
“Mapping the Medieval Urban Landscape” is a two-year research
project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The
project was completed at the end of May 2005.
The project came about to try to further our understanding of the processes
that created urban landscapes in the middle ages. Conventional historical
records do not reveal much about this, and so it is necessary to look
at the plans of the towns themselves to map out how they came into being.
This work is important as the middle ages is the key period of European
urbanisation, when many towns and cities were established and prospered.
Indeed, much of the urban network and heritage of Europe today is the
result of our medieval ancestors. To recognise and appreciate this legacy
we need to study these towns and cities (Click here
for more on the project).
The project has explored the design and planning of towns in the middle
ages. This required careful study of the surviving layouts of medieval
towns, looking in particular at their shape and form, and to this end
the project focused on new towns founded by King Edward I in the late
1200s. Twelve of Edward’s towns in Wales were selected for close
scrutiny, and one in England. (Click here for
more information on the study towns).
The end result of the project is an online
digital atlas of King Edward I’s new towns.