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Professor Angus Winchester

Professor Angus Winchester

Professor

Bowland College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YT


Tel: +44 1524 592559

My research falls under two headings: landscape history, particularly of upland areas; and local and regional identity in northern England, especially Cumbria. Much of my recent work has been on the history of resource management on common land and, in particular, the role of manor courts.  Current projects include building a corpus of manorial byelaws from northern England and directing the Victoria County History of Cumbria project.

PhD Supervision Interests

Angus Winchesterwelcomes enquiries from students interested in writing dissertations and theses on topics that would fall under the following headings:
Landscape and Agrarian History, Common Land, History of Cumbria

Current Teaching

HIST226, 324, 415, 423

Research Interests

My research falls under two headings: landscape and environmental history, particularly of upland areas; and the local and regional identity in northern England, especially Cumbria. The focus of my work lies at the interface between past human societies and their environments at local and regional level, using Cumbria and elsewhere in northern England as the laboratory in which to explore questions and test hypotheses. My particular interests are the appropriation and exploitation of land in the medieval and early-modern periods and I am keen to offer a distinctive upland and northern perspective to balance the predominantly lowland, southern models of rural landscape history.

Much of my recent work has been on the history of resource management on common land and, in particular, the role of manor courts. My study of manor court byelaws and the management of common land, published as The Harvest of the Hills (2000),led on to further work on the records of manorial administration, including the Cumbrian Manorial Records Project and a sister project in Lancashire.  My work on common land has also been developed further in the 'Contested Common Land' project, a major project in collaboration with Newcastle Law School, which formed part of the AHRC Landscape & Environment Programme. A successor project, the 'Building Common Knowledge' project, seeks to engage local commubnities in gathering evidence about the recent history of commons in England and Wales.  I am also currently working on Village Byelaws, building a corpus of byelaws from medieval and early modern northern England in order to analyse environmental management strategies by local communities, and to enable comparisons with byelaws from elsewhere in Britain and continental Europe.

Another strand of my research focuses on the history of Cumbria. In particular, I have prepared scholarly editions of key archival sources for the history of the region. My edition of Thomas Denton's Perambulation of Cumberland, 1687-8 (published in 2003) has made accessible one of the most detailed 17th-century topographical descriptions of an English county, while my edition of John Denton's History of Cumberland (published in 2010) provides a modern scholarly edition of the earliest attempt at a history of the county, compiled c.1600. I also direct the Victoria County History of Cumbria project, which works with volunteer local historians to research and write the history of every community in the county.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Review Panel of the European Science Foundation EuroCORECODE programme
  • Member of Victoria County History National Advisory Board, Institute of Historical Research, London University
  • Member of The National Archives' Manorial Documents Advisory Panel
  • Past President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
  • Vice-President and Joint General Editor, Surtees Society.
  • Member of the Lake District National Park Authority's Historic Environment Advisory Group
  • Director of the Centre for North West Regional Studies.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Quaker Studies and of Advisory Panel, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham

2013

Property rights, ‘good neighbourhood’ and sustainability: the management of common land in England and Wales, 1235-1965

Winchester, A. 2013 Rural societies and environments at risk: ecology, property rights and social organisation in fragile areas. van Bavel, B. & Thoen, E. (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols, p. 301-329 29 p. (Rural History in Europe).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The landscape encountered by the first tourists

Winchester, A. 2013 The making of a cultural landscape: the English Lake District as tourist destination, 1750-2010. Walton, J. K. & Wood, J. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance Past and Present.

Rodgers, C. P., Straughton, E. A., Winchester, A. J. L. & Pieraccini, M. 10/2011 London: Earthscan. 227 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Seasonal Settlement in Northern England: Shieling Place-names Revisited

Winchester, A. 2011 Life in Medieval Landscapes: people and places in medeival England. Turner, S. & Silvester, B. (eds.). Oxford: Windgather Press, p. 125-149 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Personal names and local identities in early modern Cumbria

Winchester, A. 2011 In: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Transactions. 11, n/a, p. 29-49 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Vaccaries and agistment: upland medieval forests as grazing grounds.

Winchester, A. J. L. 10/2010 Forests and Chases of Medieval England and Wales c.1000-c.1500. Langton, J. & Jones, G. (eds.). Oxford: St John's College Research Centre, p. 109-124 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

John Denton's History of Cumberland

Winchester, A. J. L. 2010 Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. 240 p. (Publications of the Surtees Society).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsScholarly edition

Stints and sustainability: managing stock levels on common land in England, c.1600-2006.

Winchester, A. J. L. & Straughton, E. A. 2010 In: Agricultural History Review. 58, 1, p. 30-48 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Early estate structures in Cumbria and Lancashire

Winchester, A. J. L. 2008 In: Medieval Settlement Research Group. 23, p. 14-21 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Baronial and manorial parks in medieval Cumbria.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2007 The Medieval Park: new perspectives.. Liddiard, R. (ed.). Macclesfield: Windgather Press, p. 165-184 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Sources in local history: finding and using manorial records.

Winchester, A. J. L. & Straughton, E. A. 05/2007 In: Local Historian. 37, 2, p. 120-126 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

England's landscape 8: the North West

Winchester, A. & Crosby, A. 2006 London: Harper Collins. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

'Common land in upland Britain: tragic unsustainability or utopian community resource?'.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2006 Umwelt und Geschichte in Deutschland und Grossbritannien / Environment and History in Britain and Germany. (Prinz Albert Studien Band 24). Munich: K. G. Sauer for Prince Albert Society, 61 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Village Byelaws and the Management of a Contested Common Resource: Bracken (Pteridium Aquilinum) in Highland Britain, 1500-1800

Winchester, A. J. L. 2006 Building the European Commons: From Open Fields to Open Source,. Digital Library of the Commons

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

Society, landscape and environment in upland Britain

Winchester, A. (ed.) & Whyte, I. (ed.) 2005 Birmingham: Society for Landscape Studies.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Regional identity in the Lake Counties: land tenure and the Cumbrian landscape.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2005 In: Natural History. 42, 1, p. 29-48 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Moorland forests of medieval England.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2004 Society, landscape and environmental in upland Britain. Whyte, I. D. & Winchester, A. J. L. (eds.). 2 ed. Birmingham: Society for Landscape Studies, p. 21-34 14 p. (Society for Landscape Studies supplementary series).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

A medieval coin hoard from Waverton.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2003 In: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Transactions. 3, p. 237-239 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Demesne livestock farming in the Lake District: the vaccary at Gatesgarth, Buttermere, in the later thirteenth century.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2003 In: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Transactions. 3, p. 109-118 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A lost source for the rising of 1536 in north-west England.

Hoyle, R. W. & Winchester, A. J. L. 02/2003 In: English Historical Review. 118, 475, p. 120-129 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

'Upland commons in northern England'.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2002 The Management of Common Land in North West Europe, c.1500-1850. (CORN [Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area] publication series, 8). Turnhout: Brepols, 33 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

The effects [of the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic] on rural communities in Cumbria.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2001 In: Landscapes. 2, 2, p. 5-9 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Hill farming landscapes of medieval northern England.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2000 Landscape: the richest historical record. Hooke, D. (ed.). Society for Landscape Studies, p. 75-84 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The harvest of the hills: rural life in Northern England and the Scottish borders, 1400-1700.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2000 Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 194 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Dividing lines in a moorland landscape: territorial boundaries in upland England.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2000 In: Landscapes. 1, 2, p. 16-32 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Discovering parish boundaries.

Winchester, A. J. L. 2000 Princes Risborough: Shire Publications. 96 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1994

The diary of Isaac Fletcher of Underwood, Cumberland, 1756-1781

Winchester, A. (ed.) 1994 Kendal: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. 518 p. (Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society extra series; 27).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1987

Landscape and society in medieval Cumbria

Winchester, A. 1987 Edinburgh: John Donald. 178 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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