Gervase Rosser
Search for other papers by Gervase Rosser in
Current site
Google Scholar
The environment and quality of life
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

The records sampled in this chapter demonstrate the partially successful attempts of urban councils and officials to establish and to implement norms of good practice for building. It also demonstrates the process to foster a more inclusive sense of collective responsibility for public spaces, for common interests in food supply, water and health, and for the quality of life in the town. Life at close quarters, industrial sounds and at the same time a pervasive flavour of the farmyard characterised the streets of the medieval town. It is illuminating to consider the range of urban and environmental matters for which city rulers were willing and even anxious to take responsibility. The provision of a town cross was a public work with both practical and symbolic purpose. These and the efforts to provide uncontaminated water were significant contributions by town councils to the enhancement of the quality of life.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


Towns in medieval England

Selected sources


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 431 208 1
Full Text Views 419 97 0
PDF Downloads 424 116 0