Provincial England: Essays in Social and Economic History by W. G. Hoskins (auth.)

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The same neglect of the highland zone is apparent in Beresford and St Joseph's Medieval England: an Aerial Survey (1958) where a glance at the distribution-map of the sites which are photographed and described shows how thinly represented the highland zone is and how over-represented the lowland . There are good reasons for this unbalance. The terrain of the highland zone does not lend itself so readily to air-photography and the documents, from their nature or their paucity, are more difficult to interpret fruitfully.

1 This was later divided into three ecclesiastical parishes, possibly into four. All along the south-eastern side of Chittlehampton lay another large estate known originally as Nympton, now divided into three Nymptons - Bishop's, King's, and George Nympton - and covering altogether some 17,000 acres. To the east and north-east of Chittlehampton lay yet another estate formerly known as Molton, now forming the two large ecclesiastical parishes of North and South Molton and covering some 20,000 to 21,000 acres.

This frontier certainly persisted into the sixteenth century. To some extent it is recognisable to this day. The hamlets of the south-west of England, for example, strike the newcomer from the nucleated villages of the Midlands very forcibly as a distinct kind of social organisation, a different way of life, from that to which he has been accustomed. The frontier between the two zones is usually taken to be a line drawn from the mouth of the Tees on the north-east coast down to the mouth of the Exe on the south-west.

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