The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today



This Is The Changing Story Of Britain As It Has Been Preserved In Our Fields, Roads, Buildings, Towns And Villages, Mountains, Forests And Islands From Our Suburban Streets That Still Trace Out The Boundaries Of Long Vanished Farms To The Norfolk Broads, Formed When Medieval Peat Pits Flooded, From The Ceremonial Landscapes Of Stonehenge To The Spread Of The Railways Evidence Of How Man S Effect On Britain Is Everywhere In The Making Of The British Landscape , Eminent Historian, Archaeologist And Farmer, Francis Pryor Explains How To Read These Clues To Understand The Fascinating History Of Our Land And Of How People Have Lived On It Throughout Time Covering Both The Urban And Rural And Packed With Pictures, Maps And Drawings Showing Everything From How We Can Still Pick Out Bronze Age Fields On Bodmin Moor To How The Industrial Revolution Really Changed Our Landscape, This Book Makes Us Look Afresh At Our Surroundings And Really See Them For The First TimeThe Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today

Francis Manning Marlborough Pryor MBE born 13 January 1945 is a British archaeologist who is famous for his role in the discovery of Flag Fen, a Bronze Age archaeological site near Peterborough, and for his frequent appearances on the Channel 4 television series Time Team.He has now retired from full time field archaeology, but still appears on television and writes books as well as being a working farmer His specialities are in the Bronze and Iron Ages.His first novel, Lifers Club, is due to be published in 2014.

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  • Hardcover
  • 848 pages
  • The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today
  • Francis Pryor
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 1846142059

10 thoughts on “The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today

  1. says:

    I have a personally signed copy that I purchased during a visit to Flag Fen Now to get around to reading the damn thing And get around to reading the damned thing I have so with that all I can say is what a fantastic read In chronological order Pryor has presented an excellent general reading of the ever changing British landscape Easy to read with clear and concise case studies in each and every chapter this is a very good book indeed From the end of the Ice age through to the modern issue I have a personally signed copy that I purchased during a visit to Flag Fen Now to get around to reading the damn thing And get around to reading the damned thing I have so with that all I can say is what a fantastic read In chronological order Pryor has presented an excellent general reading of the ever changing British landscape Easy to read with clear and concise case studies in each and every chapter this is a very good book indeed From the end of the Ice age through to the modern issues of the building of Motorways and shopping centres Pryor has delved into all areas From plague to town planning he has shown a Britain of human intervention in just about every part of its landscape He has backed his prose with fantastic colour plates and illustrations throughout The footnotes, Further Reading and Research, List of Reference and Glossary are as they should be, the best quality For what he presented in the preface as a general study Pryor has done a remarkable job on what is a huge subject What I also liked was the personal opinions he put in to the writing One can feel his passion for the subject, a newish subject for himself as he readily admits Chapter 15 Sat Nav Britain What Future for the Landscape was full of his passionate opinions and agree or disagree I would suggest it is no bad thing at all that Britain has someone of his standing making the issues known Prior to reading this book my thoughts of Landscape as a subject tended towards the rural aspects of life, think of a Constable painting for example I had never really put the term Landscape into how humans made it what it was, be that either rural or urban or from agricultural through to industrial This book has changed the way I look at my surrounds, what I see on a day to day basis be that going for a morning walk in my local forest or taking my car to the shopping centre To have such a sudden profound influence on my everyday viewing of my surrounds is no mean feat This is as influential a book on me personally that I have ever read The crazy thing is that I am an infrequent visitor to Britain, living in Brisbane Queensland Australia During the reading of this I was asked Might you re purpose The Making of the British Landscape as research for a rural holiday This was an excellent question and my response was that with my visits to Britain being only about once every 5 years I had always tried to take in various sites and scenes based on my previous historical reading That on my next visit I would be looking for a battered old paperback copy to take with me But what else I thought after could one take Pryor has, at the end of the book, added a two page chapter called Books to keep in the car boot What a great resource As mentioned not being in Britain it has made me think that there is a need for similar book about my local surrounds If I could find anything even half as good as this I would be very happy indeed With that thought I think that it is books like this that makes Britain so attractive to the visitor There have been a long list of authors who write with great insight and passion about its history and its landscape I would add anything by Francis Pryor to that long list Grab this book and his car boot list and let British landscape and its history take you on a great big adventure

  2. says:

    I would have loved to have given this 5 stars as it is such an interesting, readable book It whetted my appetite to visit so many places The last two chapters are a badly written rant, however, and this lets the book down This stream of consciousness, grumpy old man section should have been cut before publication Then it would have merited 5 easily.

  3. says:

    I guess you would have to be something of a history nerd and probably British to have any interest in this tome, but Pryor writes a detailed, highly readable and engaging history of the British landscape I have to say that I found the prehistory chapters of the book and prehistory is Pryor s speciality to be particularly interesting I have not really taken that much interest in it before, partly, I suspect, since there is less obvious evidence of it on the ground and, of course, no written I guess you would have to be something of a history nerd and probably British to have any interest in this tome, but Pryor writes a detailed, highly readable and engaging history of the British landscape I have to say that I found the prehistory chapters of the book and prehistory is Pryor s speciality to be particularly interesting I have not really taken that much interest in it before, partly, I suspect, since there is less obvious evidence of it on the ground and, of course, no written historical record However, if one knows where to look and what to look for I was surprised, too, at the number of barrows and standing stones on the British landscape people tend to, quite naturally, focus on Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo and forget that there are so manystones, henges and barrows off the international tourist trail I also enjoyed reading about the so called Dark Ages and how misleading that term is The later chapters, regarding modern farming, climate change and house building for an ever growing population made uncomfortable reading The planet is, essentially, stuffed, and the British Isles will be getting smaller in the not too distant To sum up, a fascinating read I will definitely be adding further Pryor tomes to my to read list

  4. says:

    Read this book to understand better the relationship between man, the landscape, communities and economies Living in Australia is very individualistic Driving about in cars everywhere expected to chase jobs around the country to end up living miles away from where you grew up and from family I feel a disconnection between each other and the landscape This detailed book was a slug but it was a wonderful history of man coming together to form communities and build economies told through the tr Read this book to understand better the relationship between man, the landscape, communities and economies Living in Australia is very individualistic Driving about in cars everywhere expected to chase jobs around the country to end up living miles away from where you grew up and from family I feel a disconnection between each other and the landscape This detailed book was a slug but it was a wonderful history of man coming together to form communities and build economies told through the transformation of the landscape

  5. says:

    Comprehensive and excellent book on landscape and historyI saw this as an update to Prof WG Hoskins much loved and much read Making of the English Landscape but it s considerablythan that There is plenty here if you are interested in this subject, as I am It is certainly comprehensive and well researched and takes amodern and developed view of landscape and history as a practical and everyday subject I like this book a lot but there s certainly plenty of it and I have chipped awa Comprehensive and excellent book on landscape and historyI saw this as an update to Prof WG Hoskins much loved and much read Making of the English Landscape but it s considerablythan that There is plenty here if you are interested in this subject, as I am It is certainly comprehensive and well researched and takes amodern and developed view of landscape and history as a practical and everyday subject I like this book a lot but there s certainly plenty of it and I have chipped away gradually and read it all It will certainly make me visit quite a few new places

  6. says:

    Dull, dull, dull Pryor is incapable of writing a truly interesting sentence He kills his subject.

  7. says:

    This is one of those books, like the Cloud Spotters Guide or Earth by Richard Fortey, that makes you see familiar things afresh It presents the history of Britain, not as a series of dynasties or invasions, but as an unbroken continuum of ordinary people in the landscape from the bronze age right up to the present day As long as you don t mind the less objective tone of the chapters covering the 20th century this is well worth a look.

  8. says:

    I would recommend this to anyone who really doesn t know much about archaeology or landscapes of Britain I ploughed through it and mostly thought it was very well written and interesting, learnt tons I didn t know and put a lotin contextit took a long time, but i enjoyed reading it in patches.

  9. says:

    My bible

  10. says:

    Love anything by Francis Pryor If you are interested in Britain and or archaeology and history, he s a must read author GREAT, GREAT BOOK

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