The Origins of Hertfordshire
This book examines the history of Hertfordshire from late prehistoric times to the 13th century. It looks at the origins of the county and the early evolution of its landscape, and emphasizes the surprising extent of continuity in structures of territorial organization from the Roman period to the time of the Norman Conquest. Both archaeological and documentary sources are employed to throw new light on the history of this neglected county.
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Before the Saxons
Politics and territory 4001000
Early territorial organisation
The Saxon landscape
Manor vill and parish
The Norman Conquest and beyond
ancient appear arable Baldock barrows Bedfordshire Bennington Berkhamsted Boulder Clay Braughing burh Cashio Catuvellauni century Cheshunt Chiltern Dipslope Clay Plateau clay uplands co-axial Colne Conquest continued county boundary developed ditch early East Saxons eastern enclosure England Ermine Street escarpment Essex estate centre evidence example excavations existence extensive farms fields Figure formed Gaddesden Gade Gover hamlets Hatfield Hemel Hempstead Hertford Hertfordshire Hicce Hitchin hundred Hunn important interfluves Iron Age kilometres king kingdom land landscape Langley large numbers late Saxon later located manor medieval Mercia Middle Saxon Middlesex minster Munden Niblett Northchurch occupied Odsey oppidum originally outlying parish church pattern perhaps places population principal probably Redbourne river Lea road Roman town Saxon period settlement shire soils sokemen Southern Uplands St Albans Abbey Stevenage Stortford suggests survived territorial organisation topography tribal Vale of St Verlamion Verulamium village Ware watershed Welwyn West Saxon Wheathampstead wood woodland Wormley