Settlements and the development of routes through the Weald, c. 1100-1500'

Principal investigator: Gill Draper
Level: External project (UK only)

Abstract for paper for Medieval Settlement Research Group conference 2018.
The proposed research is for a paper requested and accepted for the conference of the Medieval Settlement Research Group conference on 21 April 2018. I plan to submit a paper to the journal of the Medieval Settlement Research Group subsequently.
The title is ‘Settlements and the development of routes through with Weald c.1100-1500, with a case study of a secondary pilgrim route’.
The so-called pilgrim routes across Kent to Canterbury and the Channel ports have been well studied in recent years, including the nature and location of pilgrim accommodation and its relationship to towns and villages on the routes. In contrast, there has been little study of the lesser-known route running east to west across Sussex towards the pilgrimage centre at Chichester cathedral (St Richard’s shrine.) I plan to use the evidence of the landscape, place-names, churches, chapels and finds related to pilgrimage to examine the development of that route, and the timing and nature of the settlements along and around it.
Dr Gillian Draper FSA FRHistS

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