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Mapping Medieval Townscapes

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At the end of the thirteenth century, King Edward I of England sought to urbanize and control the Welsh by establishing a number of fortified towns. No contemporary maps of these towns exist so Keith Lilley, Chris Lloyd and Steve Trick of the Queen’s University Belfast put together a set of maps of thirteen towns that depict them as they were when they were first establsihed. “For each of the thirteen towns covered by the atlas there are three ‘core’ maps. Each is a detailed town plan showing particular features that make up its urban layout. The first core map contains proven and substantiated urban features, while the second adds in those features that are less certain and more conjectured. The third map builds on the first and second, and is an attempt at a ‘reconstruction’ of the town’s plan circa 1300.” Maps are available in an interactive format and as static jpgs or pdfs (go to the downloads section). Supplementary images of the towns, including photos, old, non-contemporary maps and plans and aerial photos are also provided.

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