Books

NEW BOOKS

Leicestershire Landscapes. Various authors.

This new overview of Leicestershire Archaeology is the product of a conference held at Leicester University.  It will be launched on Thursday 30th September at Donington-le-Heath Manor House by Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Mr Peter Winkless. This will take place during a preview of a new exhibition arranged by Richard Clark and Wendy Scott and called "Found in Leicestershire".

[from The Fieldworker, the newsletter of the Leicestershire Museums Archaeological Fieldwork Group, No. 189 (September 2004)


Mills Open leaflet

The Midlands Wind & Water Mills Group have produced a new leaflet 'Windmills and Watermills in the Midlands Open to the Public' gives details of 22 mills in the wider Midlands area which are open to the public. It includes contact details and admission charges, and has a map to help with locating the mills.

It is available FREE with s.a.e, from David Baddeley, 10 Avon Close, Stafford ST16 3XB.

Links > Midlands Wind & Water Mills Group | Midlands Mills Open


BOOKS

New survey of the prehistoric archaeology of the East Midlands

The Prehistory of the East Midlands Claylands by Patrick Clay.  Leicester Archaeology Monograph No. 9 (to be published March 2003).

The research presented in this publication has revolutionised our perception of the prehistory of the East Midlands.

Compared to other geological regions of England, the extensive claylands of the East Midlands had seen little archaeological fieldwork and so do not figure greatly in prehistoric studies.  These areas were considered to have been marginal areas before the Roman period.  This view has now been challenged.

Extensive survey work has shown that, far from being marginal areas, much of this region's claylands were successfully settled by prehistoric communities from the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age to the Late Iron Age.  The results of this research will mean that our understanding of archaeologically rich areas, for example, the chalk downlands of southern England, will have to be rethought. 

[From The Fieldwalker The Newsletter of the Leicestershire Museums Archaeological Fieldwork Group, No. 178 (January 2003)] 

Publishers: School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester.  Price 15.00 (for collection) or 17.00 including postage & packaging (delivered).

New Family History of the Greys of Groby

The Greys: a long and noble line by Anthony Squires.  A biography of the family of Lady Jane Grey (published November 2002).

Telling the full story of the Grey family for the first time, this book is the result of years of painstaking research by the author.  It follows the rise and fall of one of England's most important aristocratic families, who played a role in state affairs from the Middles Ages to the last of the line - Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford - who died in 1976.

Publishers: The Silk Press, Altringham, Cheshire, WA14 2WA.  Price 14.95.  Telephone (credit and debit card purchases) 0161 928 0333

The English Rural Landscape, ed. Joan Thirsk, formerly of the Dept of English Local History. Publishers: Oxford University Press (February 2000).  Price 30.00 (hardback) ISBN 0 19 866219X.

Review from H-Net website > link

See notice in University of Leicester Bulletin, May 2000, p.24.  Contributors include two of our W.G. Hoskins Lecturers: Charles Pythian-Adams (1991) and David Hey (1998).

Urban Histories of Leicester

The Archaeology of Leicester's Market-place by Paul Courtney (reprinted 1998). 1.99

Saxon and Medieval Leicester by Paul Courtney (reprinted 1998). 2.99

These two booklets make available significant articles produced by researcher Paul Courtney. They originally appeared in  the Leicestershire Historian and the Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society.

Publishers: Leicester City Museums


FANCY A WALK?

Special leaflets are helping to make residents aware of the countryside right on their doorstep.

The leaflets show that you do not need to travel miles to go far for a walk in the country - no matter where you live in Leicestershire.

They give details of walks around areas including Braunstone, Enderby, Leicester Forest East, Humberstone, Crows Mills, Glenfield, Wigston, Aylestone Meadows, Kilby and Wistow.

The Stepping Stones Countryside Management Project has produced the leaflets.  The project is operated by the county Council and supported by the various District councils.  It aims to improve access and encourage responsible use of the countryside.

All leaflets are free of charge and can be provided, on request subject to availability.

Write to: The Stepping Stones Project, Community Services Department, County Hall, Glenfield, LEICESTER, LE3 8TE.  Telephone: 0116 265 7264 or e-mail: mailto:sfoster@leics.gov.uk

 [From Leicestershire Matters The Newsletter of Leicestershire County Council (Autumn/Winter 2002)]


Last revised 17 November 2004

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