Medieval ridge and furrow at Leire

Medieval ridge and furrow at Leire

The landscape is all around us and it’s easy to take it for granted. Most of what we see is the result of human activity. The undulations may be natural (although some are not), but the fields, hedges, roads and other features have all been created by people.

The link below, to our first post in this section, is about woodland. More topics will be added in the months ahead, so bookmark this page and come back to it at a later date, to see what has been added.


Leicestershire in 1086 was one of the least wooded counties in England. Converting from the length and breadth of woodland quoted in Domesday Book [read more]

As the woodland section shows, place-names can provide valuable clues to our ancient landscape. Dr Richard Jones of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester has recently taken a look at the ongoing relevance of these names today. See