The Peak District

Last week we stepped outside East Anglia to pay a flying visit to the Peak District.

We stopped off at the Neolithic henge at Arbor Low, described by English Heritage as ‘the most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands’. The circle of stones are all now lying flat, and the site occupies a commanding position overlooking the surrounding landscape.

English Heritage are excavating another important henge at the moment, Marden Henge in Wiltshire. You can read about the excavation here, and keep up to date with progess on English Heritage Archaeology’s Twitter feed, and their Flickr photostream.

We also visited Haddon Hall, a complex building which dates back to the twelfth century.

The minimally furnished sixteenth-century long gallery looks out over the formal terraced gardens, and the house also has a wonderful Tudor kitchen and set of service rooms.

One thing Norfolk and Derbyshire do have in common is the fact that in both counties a large number of fields were enclosed in piecemeal fashion from areas of former open field. We visited Chelmorton near Buxton, where stone walls have preserved the shapes of old strips.

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Author: UEA Landscape History

Landscape historians based in the School of History at the University of East Anglia.

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