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H 174 x W 245 mm

350 pages

110 figures, 16 tables (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803277592

Digital: 9781803277608

DOI 10.32028/9781803277592

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Old Sarum; Salisbury; Medieval: Post-Medieval; Documentary evidence; Ceramics; Zooarchaeology; Environmental archaeology

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Tales of Two Cities: Settlement and Suburb in Old Sarum and Salisbury

Edited by Hadrian Cook, Alex Langlands


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Telling the story of Old Sarum and Salisbury, from the mid-10th century to the start of the 20th, this book brings together the most up-to-date thinking on the archaeological evidence, and, through analysis of the rich documentary record, provides a fresh take on the story of this most illustrious cathedral city in the heart of southern England.



An English city through time: Old Sarum to Salisbury – Alex Langlands and Hadrian Cook

Chapter One: Old Sarum, new perspectives – Alex Langlands

Chapter Two: Kingsbridge Mead: A medieval bridge and settlement and its pre-Conquest origins – Alex Langlands

Chapter Three: Salisbury in Domesday Book – C. P. Lewis

Chapter Four: ‘Withoute eche of these gates was a fair suburbe’: The west and east suburbs of Old Sarum in the eleventh to fifteenth centuries – Alex Langlands

Chapter Five: Zooarchaeology in the ‘Two Cities’ and their hinterlands, AD 800-1400: Current Knowledge and Future Directions – Matilda Holmes

Chapter Six: Archaeobotanical and archaeoentomological insights into agriculture, diet and the urban transition from Old Sarum to Salisbury: research potential for environmental archaeology – Inés López-Dóriga, with a contribution by Sander Aerts

Chapter Seven: The supply and use of pottery at Old and New Sarum – A time of transition – Lorraine Mepham

Chapter Eight: Salisbury’s medieval city: a summary of the archaeological evidence of this planned settlement and the foundation of St Thomas’ Church – Phil Harding and Brett Howard

Chapter Nine: The early development of New Sarum, 1086 – 1269 – Christopher Daniell

Chapter Ten: Salisbury Marketplace: From a medieval economic vision to the city’s central public and social space – Geoff Lang

Chapter Eleven: Fisherton Anger: From Domesday settlement to medieval suburb – Jamie Wright

Chapter Twelve: Chalk, cheese, and urban growth: Britford parish in Wiltshire 1620 to 1960 – Hadrian Cook

Chapter Thirteen: Something old, something new: Suburban Salisbury since 1800 – Hadrian Cook

Appendix One: A section through a medieval city: Notes on the 1967 sewer pipe trench cut through the east gate of Old Sarum – Alex Langlands and Lorraine Mepham


About the Author

Hadrian Cook has a background in the Earth Sciences and has written extensively on environmental history and environmental policy, specialising in water management. He held academic positions within the University of London, and at Kingston University. Hadrian is a committee member of the Society of Landscape Studies and works in adult education as well as being a trustee and ‘Drowner’ of the Harnham Water Meadows in Salisbury.

Alex Langlands has worked as a field archaeologist in southern England and, for over fifteen years, as a broadcaster for BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He is a best-selling author and one-time resident of Salisbury. He now teaches and researches in archaeology, history and heritage at Swansea University where he is Associate Professor.