THE LANDSCAPE OF EAST ANGLIA
The East of England (East Anglia)
Right now, I have three locations where I will be undertaking research: Binham and Wymondham in Norfolk and Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. Why this region? The East of England has great preservation of Medieval buildings. East Anglia is a very interesting region. Look below for more information!
Geology of East Anglia
Britain has many geological regions, which has resulted in multiple landscapes within the island. East Anglia is a region of gentle hills, chalky soils, and flint outcrops.
Flint and Limestone
Limestone is located more than fifty miles away, a long distance in a time before cars or trains. Most of the buildings in East Anglia were constructed of either available timber or flint. Flint is a building material that is distinctive to East Anglia, and builders used them in many medieval buildings. However, elite buildings; cathedrals, monasteries, and castles could afford to transport limestone.
BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MAP
Limestone Belt in Britain
Limestone is located more than fifty miles away; a substantial distance before rail! Yet many elite medieval buildings use limestone, including monasteries, parts of the parish church, and castles. Where do you see limestone in your town and how did it get there?