A new book exploring the rich landscape of Cheshire and its surrounding area has been published to coincide with a local history society’s landmark anniversary.

Landscapes Past and Present: Cheshire and Beyond, is the second book published by the University of Chester Press for the Chester Society for Landscape History, which was founded by former students of Chester College, (now the University of Chester). The book was launched during a celebration of its 30th anniversary, on the River Dee showboat, the ‘Lady Diana’.

This new 272-page illustrated publication celebrates the diversity of landscapes in Cheshire, both in and beyond the county, from the Peak District to North Wales and the Irish Sea. Each chapter is based on original research by members of the Society covering features dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries. 

Topics range from moats, field patterns and way-markers to historic buildings, developing towns and lost airfields. Specific areas covered range from Colwyn Bay in North Wales (and the history of its name) to the village of Thelwall near Warrington and the area around Bollington.

Its co-editors are Dr Sharon Varey and Professor Graeme White, both from the Society. Dr Varey said: “One outstanding feature of all the papers in this volume is the sheer enjoyment which the authors have had in researching their material. We believe this enjoyment shines through.”
Professor White added: “We hope that the papers will inspire others to take up the challenge of exploring the historical background to features in the landscape which excite their interest. If that proves to be the case, this book will indeed be a fitting celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Chester Society for Landscape History.”

The book’s publication is being followed by the Society for Landscape History’s joint conference with the Society for Landscape Studies at St Mary’s Centre/Creative Space, in Chester city centre, on Saturday October 15.

Landscapes Past and Present: Cheshire and Beyond, edited by Sharon M. Varey and Graeme J. White is available for £12.99 from the University of Chester Press, by visiting: www.chester.ac.uk/university-press


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here