This page lists publications which may be of interest to members of the Society. If you would like to post information here, contact Hugh Bray. Please note that the Society cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of third-party information and that it reserves the right to edit or reject notices as seems appropriate.

On Chester On: A History of Chester College and the University of Chester

By Prof Emeritus Graeme J White. Pbk. xiv + 353 pages. Chester: University of Chester Press 2014. ISBN 9781908258199. £14.99.

Although there has only been a University of Chester since 2005, its predecessor, Chester College, dates back further than most UK universities, having been founded in 1839. This books celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2014. Its story is a remarkable one of survival and success. The early college was a pioneering venture and it still houses the first buildings in England specifically designed for the training of teachers. However, it came near to closure three times, only to emerge intact and stronger than before.

This fascinating book tells the little known story of one of Chester’s major institutions. For information on how to order see http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/25540. 

Landscape History, September 2011

Edited by S M Varey and G J White. Pbk. xvii + 272 pages. University of Chester Press 2012. ISBN 9781908256007.  £12.99

This collection of research papers offers new insights  into residential buildings, settlement patterns, the names and boundaries of fields and the legacy of developments in transport and industrialisation.

See the University of Chester website for more information.

Tradition and Transformation in Anglo-Saxon England: Archaeology, Common Rights and Landscape

By Susan Oosthuizen. London: Bloomsbury 2013. ISBN 9781472507273. £45.00.

Current explanations for the origins of Anglo-Saxon England are generally based on the premise that older forms of social organisation did not survive on any scale into the post-Roman period. Common pastures are thought to have originated during the 5th and 6th centuries, and open fields are believed to have first appeared around the mid-9th century.

The argument presented here suggests a new paradigm. It proposes that some elements of the old Romano-British ? perhaps even prehistoric ? forms of collective social organisation persisted into post-Roman centuries, and goes on to argue that the impact of dynamic interaction between middle Anglo-Saxon lordly innovation and traditional social relations persisted not only in the medieval landscape but also in  English culture more generally.