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Pathways to history

September 8, 2014

I was interested to see that the landscape history department at my old university – the University of East Anglia – has organised  a project investigating the archaeology and history of public rights of way.

As you will know from previous blogs I am very keen on protecting the original lines of rights of way, fighting their closure and resisting most diversions.

This project is fascinating to everyone interested in our old paths.

UEA’s project shows that, in Norfolk, there are very few rights of way in the vicinity of the great estates.  Not surprising as big landowners in the district generally succeeded in getting paths shut down.

The UEA project is well worth looking at, and should promote you to try and do something similar in your own areas.

You can read more about the Pathways to History project at its website at http://www.uea.ac.uk/history/pathways

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2014 6:19 pm

    I hate it when the yuppies around here buy a house near a footpath and then have it diverted! Why do they buy the house in the first place?
    Carol.

  2. September 9, 2014 6:40 am

    Diverted paths are rarely as good. Paths evolved in certain routes because they were the best routes to be taken, harder ground, less chance of flooding etc.

  3. September 10, 2014 6:49 am

    And not helped of course by the fact that the Ramblers Association now happily nods through 93% of path diversions – however bad!

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