Hindle, Paul. Medieval Town Plans.

Princes Risborough, UK: Shire Publications, 1990.

This succinct work (64 pages) by an academic geographer is one of the “Shire Archaeology” series and it does a pretty good job of outlining the principal factors in the development of towns in England and Wales between the Conquest and about 1300.

Hindle discusses first the surviving sources of information, then relates that to site selection, street layouts, town defense, and the establishment of markets, churches, and later suburbs. As a detailed case study, he examines Ludlow, in Shropshire, established shortly after the building of the local castle in 1090, giving special attention to the way in which the town developed and the services it gradually was able to offer. There are numerous black-and-white photos and a great many town plans themselves. This is more an extended essay than a detailed study of the subject, but it would make excellent introductory reading in the subject for any student of urban planning and history.

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