Medieval Yorkshire Towns: People, Buildings and Spaces

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Edinburgh University Press, 1998 - Architecture - 212 pages
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This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a tour through the medieval towns of Yorkshire. The author explores the ways in which architecture and the use of space in the medieval town were the expression of an urban culture which was evolving between the tenth and fourteenth centuries and was given pronounced expression by the fifteenth century. He goes on to show that this was also the expression of authority and conflict and that this process created a separate and markedly urban architectural development which took shape in the medieval period.
The reader is introduced to Yorkshire's medieval urban heritage through encounters with the nature of urban society, the symbolic and dominating presence of the church in the medieval townscape, and housing, trade and public health. In conclusion the author looks at what significance the Yorkshire medieval town holds for us today.
 

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Contents

Constructing and Deconstructing the Town
1
People in Towns
6
The Pattern and Plan of Towns
20
Liberties and Precincts
40
Form Function and Symbolism in Ecclesiastical Buildings
47
Seigneurial Residences
89
The Structuring of Authority
101
Spaces for Trade 222
112
Urban Houses 220
120
Public Health and the Urban Environment 260
160
Outside the Town 269
169
The Urban Legacy 287
187
Bibliography
201
Name Index
206
Subject Index
210
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George Sheeran is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Bradford.

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