The focus of this book is partly on features that make Herefordshire distinct, and partly on those which are barely visible, or not visible at all, on the ground. The aim is thus to show not just some wonderful Herefordshire scenery and landmarks, but also how aerial photography and the techniques which it uses continues to develop our appreciation and knowledge of the county.
In these photographs it is possible to see evidence of a Bronze Age circle, of Iron Age farms and settlements, of medieval mills and settlements. The book also allows one to appreciate the line of transport networks, from the Roman crossing of the Wye near Kenchester, through tramroads, canals and railways to modern bypasses. Thumbnail sketches help explain pictures of cropmarks at Magnis, rabbit warren farming at Willey, the Grandmontine Priory at Craswall, the multiple bailey system at Kingsland Castle and the development of Longtown.
There are also startling photos of the major towns which are such a distinctive feature of the county.
Ruth E. Richardson has lived in Herefordshire all her life and currently lectures in archaeology and history. She was the general editor of The Herefordshire Field-Name Survey and first worked with Chris Musson on the Millenium Air Survey of Herefordshire.
Chris Musson, once an architect, later a rescue archaeologist and finally Investigator in Aerial Photography at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, is now in happy but busy retirement, continuing his researches over Herefordshire and promoting aerial archaeology across Europe.
Paperback | 112 pages | 258 x 201 mm | 2004
Colour and b&w illustrations, maps