Considered to be the classic introduction to the subject, this third edition has been carefully revised and updated to take account of the developments in the subject, and includes an extensive newly compiled bibliography and twice the number of illustrations as in previous editions.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. The local historian today. 2. English local historians. 3. The old community. 4. Parish, manor and land. 5. Church, chapel and school. 6. Towns: topography. 7. Towns: social and economical history. 8. Fieldwork: the landscape. 9. Fieldwork: buildings. 10. Health, disease and populations. 11. The home and family names. 12. Some special tasks. 13. Writing and publishing. Appendix: The ranking of provisional towns 1334-1862. Select bibliography. Index.