Warwickshire Historic Towns Project
An exciting new study, the Warwickshire Historic Towns project, has started which aims to chart the development of a number of Warwickshire’s historic towns from the Roman period until the present day. Included within the project will be:
- Bidford on Avon
- Henley in Arden
- Leamington Spa
- Rugby (including Hillmorton)
- Shipston on Stour
- Stratford upon Avon
The three year project is being carried out by Warwickshire Museum’s Historic Environment Record (HER) in partnership with English Heritage. Each historic town will be assessed using a variety of documentary, cartographic and archaeological evidence and aims to examine how Warwickshire’s historic towns have changed over time and why they look the way they do.
Ben Morton, Landscape Archaeologist at the Historic Environment Record, said: “The exciting thing about this project is that most of us live, work or regularly visit towns and the information from this project will allow us to understand the historical development of these places and how the past has shaped their present character. The results of the Historic Towns Project will enable people to begin to research and understand their local historic town from scratch. With over 20 historic towns forming part of the project there is sure to be plenty of history in everybody’s locality.”
On completion of the project at the end of 2013, individual reports on each of the historic towns will be available for researchers and those who are interested in understanding more about the history of their town.