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Woodland in Huntingdonshire

Most people are unaware that Huntingdonshire, a now extinct county of England (contained as a district of Cambridgeshire) contained numerous private and Royal forests in the Middle Ages.

Three years of local, regional and national research, culminating in a year’s hard graft as a mature student at Cambridge University’s Madingley Hall  enabled me to reconstruct local elements of the Anglo-Saxon to Tudor landscape and plot of the extent of five forests as recorded in Plantagenet-Tudor Huntingdonshire.

We can now state, sourcing primary and secondary evidence that there were at least three Royal Forests, three Royal Haga sites (Norman forest nuclei derived from Anglo-Saxon hunting enclosures) a fenland forest and an episcopal Chase, with boundaries contiguous to the Anglo-Saxon established Ramsey Abbey Banlieu boundary.

My plans and transcribed/ translated medieval perambulations are available on www.posthumousplans.co.uk.

I am now researching the County (and others in south east England) in further detail for an MPhil/PhD in Archaeology, assessing the extent and specialisation of Anglo Saxon woodland pastures.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact me.