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The Making of the South Yorkshire Landscape Paperback – Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wharncliffe Books (Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871647754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871647754
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,562,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2012
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This book on the South Yorkshire landscape is itself in landscape format. Its twelve thematic chapters are nevertheless arranged within a broad chronological frame. Each chapter has its own bibliography and suggestions for visits. The book has many illustrations, all - alas - in black and white. These comprise photographs (both modern and archive), maps, drawings, and diagrams.

Chapter one is an introduction in which Professor Melvyn Jones addresses the underlying geology that gives rise to five characteristic landscapes, from the heights of the Peak District in the west to the levels of the Humber in the east.

Chapter two is a concise review of the farmed landscapes from the Stone Age to that of the Romans. Place-names are the subject of the third chapter, Jones remarking that, "Of all the elements in the landscape that give us a sense of identity, place-names are the most enduring." He looks at those with derivations from the Celtic, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman-French - and modern - languages, focussing particularly on the Vikings. He undertakes an etymological journey around the county, deciphering interesting examples.

Chapter four returns to the rural landscape, looking at the origins, sites, and shapes of farmsteads, hamlets, and villages, and their development to modern times. Pit villages are highlighted here. This is followed by a look in chapter five at the farmed landscape from the time of the Saxons to the time of the subsidies.

In chapter six I enjoyed the way in which Jones explores how ancient woodland has changed since the seventeenth century, with the decline of coppicing and the working wood generally.
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