Volume Ten of the Victoria History of the Counties of England covers north-eastern Cambridgeshire. Published in 2002 for The Institute of Historical Research by Oxford University Press. Hardback. Red cloth board covers with gilt lettering on spine and coat of arms on front cover. In very good condition. Library label (Univ Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education) on inside front cover.
Edited by A. F. Wareham and A.P.M. Wright. Series editor: A.J. Fletcher.
The contributions of ordinary men and women, as well as gentry, clergy, farming dynasties, merchants and manufacturers, to the history of the towns, village, hamlets and streets of East Cambridgeshire, and to the working of fens, fields and farms, are clearly revealed in the histories of the twenty-three parishes which make up the four hundreds of Staploe, Staine, Flendish and Cheveley. The region is diverse in character: fenland dominates the north of the region; to the south lies open field arable and heathland, and in Cheveley hundred in the south-west there are hills, a continuation of the East Anglian heights.
Major themes include the economy and drainage of the fens, the development of horse breeding around Newmarket, and the growth of industry and communications around Cambridge. The comprehensive history of each parish is fully referenced, illustrated with at least one map, which is complemented by four hundred articles and an introduction setting out general themes and issues.
This book is an essential reference tool for local historians.
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