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Jonathan Masters

Research student

Jonathan Masters

Lancaster University

Bowland College



Research overview

My research examines the social and economic development of medieval Lancashire as evidenced by change in landscape and agroeconomic activity during the period 1150 to 1550. My area of investigation focuses on the coastal wetlands and low-land plains between the Ribble and Mersey rivers. My approach draws on the interpretation of minor place-names recorded in such documents as title deeds as evidence of significant change in landscape through socio-economic practice. My studentship award is an ESRC CASE studentship in collaboration with Lancashire County Archives at Preston. More broadly, I am interested in historic landscape, the development of socio-economic and political networks, the customs and practice of medieval land tenure, the Duchy of Lancaster, and the development of Lancashire's 'gentry'.    

Thesis Title

Provisional: The social and economic evolution of Lancashire's coastal areas c. 1150-1550: Evidence of minor place-names.


Supervised By

Dr Fiona Edmonds

Prof Ian Gregory

Research Grants

Economic and Social Research Council CASE studentship in collaboration with Lancashire County Archives 

Current Teaching

Currently I am a seminar tutor on HIST100 From Ancient to Modern: History and Historians

I have contributed to the module HIST199 ''Witches', Warriors, and Slavers: Exploring the History of Lancaster'.

Additional Information

Economic History Society Student Ambassador

Committee member of Lancashire Place Names Survey project

Contact me

My email is j.masters1@lancaster.ac.uk