The Victoria History of the County of Stafford

September 2007
72 black and white, 31 line illustrations
360 pages
30.4x28 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9781904356103
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History

The Victoria History of the County of Stafford

X: Tutbury and Needwood Forest

Edited by N. J. Tringham

Classic VCH account of the important town of Tutbury and its environs.
Tutbury and Needwood forest have a rich history, fully explored here from the earliest times to the present day: the former with its great medieval castle, the heart of a major feudal honor held from the 13th century by the royal earls and dukes of Lancaster, and the latter with its medieval parks and hunting lodges. The volume also covers the important early Anglo-Saxon monastic and royal site of Hanbury, the burial place of St Werburh, a Mercian princess; and offers accounts of the mansion houses built in and around the ancient forest area by members of the Bass brewing family and others, and the magnificent late 19th-century church of Hoar Cross, one of Bodley's masterpieces.

NIGEL TRINGHAM is County Editor for VCH Stafforshire and lecturer in history at the University of Keele.


As has come to be expected of those volumes under the charge of county editor Dr Tringham (with generous recognition in footnotes to those assisting him formally and informally in this endeavour) the volume provides depth, clarity and detail on the history of this area, with the clearly accessible style supported by excellent bibliographical detail. [...] Given the beautiful presentation of the volume, with well-produced photographs, very well-crafted maps and diagrams and a lucid prose, it is easy to overlook the wealth of research undertaken and the subsequent resource this volume provides. [It is] a volume that will be a very welcome addition to the shelves of the local historian and academic researcher, and a treasure chest of information to which I am sure they will return again and again. LANDSCAPE HISTORY

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