THE COUNTRYSIDE OF EAST ANGLIA
Changing Landscapes, 1870-1950

SUSANNA WADE MARTINS and TOM WILLIAMSON
264pp 39 ILLUS (6 COLOUR) 2008 LIST PRICE: £25.00 HC20

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This book investigates how the landscape of East Anglia developed in the period of the so-called great depression, beginning in 1870, and the phase of wartime intensification which succeeded it after 1930. It considers how fields, farms and villages developed in this period of dramatic agricultural change; examines the fate of country houses, gardens and landed estates; and looks in detail at the character of habitat change -- at the development of hedges, woods, wetlands and heaths. It also considers how new kinds of landscape, ranging from conifer plantations to holiday resorts, came into existence. The period of the ‘great depression’ was not simply one of stasis and decay. It was instead a time in which there were fundamental changes in the rural environment which were not always beneficial to wildlife and biodiversity.

. . . a stimulating, informative book, beautifully produced and illustrated. LANDSCAPE HISTORY