Books on local history and archaeology


Jonathan Last 2011 Introduction to Heritage Assets: prehistoric henges and circles. London: English Heritage


Norman History:

Great Battles: Hastings – Peter Poyntz Wright

The Norman Achievement – Richard F Cassady


Medieval History & Studies:

The Penguin history of Medieval Europe – Maurice Green

Chronicles of the Crusades (Penguin Classics) – Joinville & Villehardouin

Chronicles of the Crusades – Elizabeth Hallam (Editor)

Chronicles of the Revolution 1397 – 1400 The reign of Richard II – Chris Given-Wilson

The Making of the Middle Ages – R. W. Southern

Political Thought in Europe 1250-1450 – Anthony Black

Penguin Classics: Chronicles – Froissart

An Introduction to Chaucer – Derek Brewer

The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer

Piers The Ploughman – William Langland

The Ties That Bound: peasant families in medieval England – Barbara A Hanawalt

The Fourteenth Century 1307-1399 – May McKisack

Making Living in the Middle Ages – The People of Britain 850-1520 (Penguin) Christopher Dyer

Medieval Fields – David Hall:

Medieval Women -.Henrietta Lyser

Studies in Manorial History – A. E. Levett

The Village Labourer, 1760-1832. – J.L. and Barbara Hammond:

Lords and Peasants in a Changing Society – Christopher Dyer

A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases – Christopher Corèdon with Ann Williams (Boydell and Brewer, 2004)


Social History:

English Social History: a survey of six centuries; Chaucer to Queen Victoria – G.M. Trevelyan

Language, History and Class – Penelope J. Cornfield (Editor)

A Social History of England – Asa Briggs

English Society in the Later Middle Ages – Maurice Keen

Leyrwite, marriage and illegitimacy – David Noy (article from ‘Records of Buckinghamshire’)


Women’s Rights:

The Fourth Estate: a history of women in the Middle Ages – Shulamith Shahar

A Vindication of the Rights of Men and A Vindication of the Rights of Women – Mary Wollstonecraft



Latin for Local History: an introduction – Eileen A. Gooder

Wheelock’s Latin – Frederick M. Wheelock

Kennedy’s Revised Latin Primer – Benjamin Hall Kennedy

Latin – Rhoda Hendricks & A V Kelly

History & Medicine:

Medieval & Early Renaissance Medicine: An introduction to knowledge and practice – Nancy G. Siraisi

The Western Medical Tradition 800 BC to AD 1800 – Conrad, Neve, Nutton, Porter & Wear

Medicine & Society in Later Medieval England – Carole Rawcliffe

The Black Death – Rosemary Horrox

Hippocratic Writings (Penguin Classics) – G E R Lloyd (Editor)


Hertfordshire interest:

K J Fitzpatrick-Matthews & T Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2009 The archaeology of Letchworth Garden City. Letchworth Garden City: North Hertfordshire District Council

The Book of Letchworth: an illustrated record – Ken Johnson Chesham (1976): Barracuda

Letchworth: the first Garden City. Mervyn Miller – Second edition (2002) Chichester: Phillimore

Norton before the Garden City. Second edition (2003). Baldock: Deborah and Anthony Giles

David’s Book of Letchworth: First Garden City, A Brief History and Practical Guide – Roger Harrison & David Walker 2006:Letchworth Garden City: David’s Bookshop

Hertfordshire Living Memories. Tom Doig: Frith Book Co. Ltd

Herts Past & Present. Autumn 2009

Herts Past & Present. Spring 2010

Letchworth Garden City Directory 1907

Norton in Hertfordshire – Hilda Bailey

Sketches of Norton – Bernard Bellringer



The Legacy of Greece: a new appraisal – M. I. Finlay (Editor)

The letters of Abelard & Heloise (Penguin Classics) – Betty Radice

Rousseau: The Social Contract (Penguin Classics) – Maurice Cranston

The Age of Oligarchy: pre-industrial Britain 1722–1783 – Geoffrey Holmes & Daniel Szechi

Britons: forging the nation 1707-1837 – Linda Colley

Historical Atlas of England – Jeremy Black

Millenium: A histoy of our last 1000 years – Felipe Fernandes-Armesto

The Handwriting of English Documents – L C Hector

Making of the British Landscape – Francis Pryor

Villagers: 750 Years of Life in an English Village – James Brown (Amberley Publishing, 2011)

Discovering parish boundaries – Angus Winchester

Fields, hedges, ditches – Nigel Harvey


Any NCAG members interested in using the Burymead Resource Centre library must make an appointment with Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, as the Centre is not open to the public.


Documents stored on this site

Margaret C Macfarlane 1955: Caslon Way, Letchworth Garden City file note

Nicola Godwin 1988 Green Lane Letchworth: archaeological evaluation

Chris Turner 1999: Norton Archaeological Background

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2007a: Test pit excavations in Norton, June 2007

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2007b: The Summer 2007 Dig at Church Field

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2007c: The archaeology of Norton

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2008a: Test pits at Caslon Way

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2008b: Norton Road Test Pits, October 2008

Mick James 2009: Wheathill Test Pits, March 2009

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2009a: Trial Pits at Icknield Infants’ School, May 2009

Keith J Fitzpatrick-Matthews 2009b: Test Pits at Norton Allotments, October 2009

Pauline Gimson 2010: Geophysical survey report, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation Estate Field 108 (Parcel ID 5466)

Pauline Gimson 2012: Geophysical survey report, Letchworth Garden City Hertiage Foundation Estate Stapleton’s Field, Norton (Paercel ID 2344)

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