A Lost Frontier Revealed by Alan Fox
Regional separation in the East Midlands
Studies in Regional and Local History, Volume 7
Even today, a traveller through England is soon aware of cultural differences, some of which are clearly visible in the landscape. It is advocated by the eminent English historian Charles Phythian-Adams that England, through much of the last millennium, could be divided into regional societies which broadly coincided with groups of pre-1974 counties.
In this unusual investigation Alan Fox tests for, and establishes, the presence of an informal frontier between two of Phythian-Adams' proposed societies astride the Leicestershire-Lincolnshire border. Many studies of rural landscapes tend to focus on medieval and earlier times, but here the spotlight is on the early modern period. Local geology, rates of enclosure, population density as well as patterns of wealth, poor-relief, the local economy, land ownership and land use are all examined across the two neighbouring societies and the heathland ‘frontier' which separated them.
Alan Fox has a PhD in English Local History at the University of Leicester where he was made an Honorary Visiting Fellow in 2003.
ISBN 978-1-902806-96-9; April 2010; 224pp; Paperback