Humps, bumps, buildings and hedges: walking through history.

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Lark Rise Farm Barton. Image © Glyn Baker, via
Lark Rise Farm Barton. Image © Glyn Baker, via

The course is a set of five fieldtrips around the theme of medieval landscape. Each session will be based on a different site, each within 15 miles of Cambridge and each focusing on a different general topic..

A course handbook will provide guidance on recognition and interpretation of different forms of evidence, as well as historic maps of each location.

Weekly sessions

  • 18 April: The origins of medieval settlement, settlement planning and morphology (Barton)
  • 25 April: The practices and development of medieval arable cultivation, its relationship with settlement and with non-arable resources (Toft)
  • 2 May: (a) Greens and commons, and (b) medieval and postmedieval vernacular architecture (Barrington)
  • 9 May: The influence of water-borne trade and dairying on the origins and development of settlement (Reach)
  • 16 May: Drawing the threads together: morphology, vernacular and ecclesiastical architecture, earthworks, and drainage (Rampton)

Online support

This course will be supported by our e-learning centre, ICE Online. You will be able to download course material, contact your tutor and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

Visit the ICE Online introductory website to find out more.

Seminar groups

This course has a related seminar group where you can explore the issues in more depth.


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pdf Syllabus and reading resource list


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Pre-enrolment information

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Madingley Hall
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CB23 8AQ

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Course details

Start date

18 April 2012 (10:00)

End date

16 May 2012 (12:00)

Course code



5 weeks


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Qualifications / Credits


Course director