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Was Saffron Walden a Typical Medieval Town?

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Was Saffron Walden a Typical Medieval Town? Some of the features of Saffron Walden are typically medieval, such as the street plan, which can be matched to such towns as Ludlow, which is a Medieval Town. The fact that Saffron Walden has a castle is typical, as many medieval towns have a castle, these include Salisbury, Hereford and Ludlow which are proven medieval towns. A church is typical, as Ludlow and Salisbury both have one. Saffron Walden has some street names connected with its former street markets, towns with the same features include Hereford and Salisbury. Having a market is a very typical feature and due to the change of market from Newport to Saffron Walden, it is now very typical as Salisbury, Hereford and Ludlow all have one. Saffron Walden had an outer bailey and inner, this is also very typical because in most there was the market and the castle. Saffron Walden has these so it also has an outer and inner bailey, Salisbury, Hereford and Ludlow have this feature as well. ...read more.

Middle

Saffron Walden also had the right to build a castle. This could be just a coincidence that the civil war was taking place at this time so it would be perfect to protect the town from attacking enemies. So this would be a great time to build a large castle. So in the 1100's Saffron Walden was very typical as it had all the key developments as the nation itself. During the 1200's the king allied to the burgesses who owned and run the local shops and markets. The markets through out the country had been well established and were doing well. So well that the king personally joined up with the people who ran them. Saffron Walden in the 1200's had its market well established as it had had it for a long period of time so it was at the heart of Saffron Walden and kept the town growing more. This is what was also possibly going to happen to the rest of the markets through out the country, that's why the king wanted to join up with the burgesses who ran the markets. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the 1400's some of the towns population stayed the same, others revived and started to go back to its original population count. Very few even grew. The drastic population change was caused by the plague, the 1400's is the after effect. Saffron Walden in the 1400's was one of the minority as it revived and actually started to increase in size. This maybe because it was around half way between London and Cambridge and so maybe the people who fled from London and Cambridge wanted to live in the countryside but still have the amenities of a town. Saffron Walden would be perfect as it was in the countryside and set of from the main route between London and Cambridge and due to its increasing size it had the amenities. So maybe it is typical as the cities shrank in size they had to live some where and the towns in the countryside like Saffron Walden were perfect solutions. So as you can see from my work Saffron Walden was typical in more ways then not and therefore can be classed as a typical medieval town. ...read more.

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