This guide is a collection of links to online resources useful for the study of medieval landscapes in the historic county of Surrey, put together by Rob Briggs, Historic Environment Record Officer for Surrey County Council. It acts as a follow-up to a Surrey Archaeological Society study day about the medieval landscape in March 2020, with a focus not on medieval towns and villages but on the surrounding manors, farms, fields and other rural institutions.
Medieval Studies Forum
As part of the Sustainable Impact project, the Medieval Studies Forum are organising a study day for Saturday 14 March at Surrey History Centre which will centre around the medieval landscape and some of the less obvious and more specialist forms of research, including the use of primary documentary sources, name studies and non-settlement based landscape archaeology.
The programme for the day will include a number of informative talks:
10:10 Dr Mark Forrest, Dorset Record Society 'Using manorial documents for local history research'
There will be a half day meeting of the Forum held at St Catherine's Village Hall, Guildford at which there will be a number of presentations relating to the recent and ongoing research interests of members with talks by Lucy Quinnell, Mary Alexander and David Calow.
This will be the first weekend for the community test pitting element of the Old Woking Project, to take place over three days in April. All test pitting for this event will be in the gardens of Rosemead, a private residence near the church.
On Saturday 13th April, we will be holding an open day event, where the community can simply show up with no prior booking. Activities will be available for children especially, including Saxon re-enactors.
As part of the Old Woking communtity test pitting project, an open day event will take place over the February half term at the Lightbox, in Woking (Chobham Rd, Woking, GU21 4AA).
This will involve a special public exhibition displaying material found in the previous seasons of excavation at the settlement (2009-18) and information on plans for the 2019 season.
Activities will also be available for children, including the chance to be an archaeologist and dig for artefacts in our sandboxes, and living history demonstrations from a prehistoric flintknapper.
A study day on medieval Guildford will be organized by Mary Alexander, with talks on the medieval town ranging from its friaries, leper hospital, international trade, churches and more.
For a full programme, see Medieval Guildford - Programme .pdf
10.30am Registration: tea and coffee available
11.00am “From wool to cloth: the medieval textile industry in southern England, 1300-1600.” Dr John Hare, visiting research fellow at the University of Winchester
12.00am "Tithes on wool in east Surrey in 1535." Peter Balmer
12.30pm “Sheep & Wool – a practical guide.” David Graham
12.45pm Lunch break – tea and coffee available
A full day of visits, with talks, around some of Surrey's finest medieval churches; including Compton, Albury, Shere and Wotton.
See attached programme for details.