Peasant house built with crucks (large timbers extending from the ground to the apex of the roof) at Wick near Pershore, Worcestershire. A number of houses of this type in the midlands have been dated to the period 1380-1510. They were normally built by artisans (especially carpenters) employed by peasants. Image: Stephen Price

How peasants made the rural landscape

Peasants were not rich or powerful, but they had a capacity, often when operating together in a community, to make decisions and change the world around them. The peasant contribution to the medieval countryside has emerged gradually in the thinking of historians and archaeologists.

Rural History Today, Issue 44 (February 2023)

The February 2023 edition of Rural History Today leads with an article by BAHS President Professor Nicola Verdon on Ruth Uzzell, a trailblazing campaigner and the second woman to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Union of Agricultural Workers, elected in 1922. Ian Godwin contributes an article on Seale-Hayne College in Devon; Penny Lawrence on early twentieth-century British calf clubs; Marc Collinson, Shaun Evans, Matthew Rowland, Mari Wiliam, and Catrin Williams on the Bodorgan Estate in the south-west of Anglesey and the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) at Bangor University; and Angus J.L. Winchester on common land in Britain.