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This section reviews the main types of sources for historical study in the county under five periods of:

·         Earliest History (Anglo-Saxon)

·         Medieval (7th c.-1520)

·         Early Modern (1520-1750)

·         Modern (1750-1914)

·         Recent (post-1914)


Some types of sources are available for more than one of these periods. The brief overview here cannot be exhaustive. A wide-ranging general guide to sources is W.B.Stephens, Sources for English Local History, Phillimore (1994).  See also D.Hey (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2nd edition, 2008), and its accompanying website.



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