The Making of the English Landscape by W.G. Hoskins

The Making of the English Countryside is W G Hoskins masterpiece, revealing the hidden histories of the landscape we live in. A hugely influential and ground-breaking book.

“There are few books that can truly be described as seminal, but this is one of them.” Anna Pavord

Author: W.G. Hoskins

Introduced: William Boyd

Published: May 2013



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Veils were stripped away as I read the book . . . it was an absolute trailblazer, a revolution.’ William Boyd

W.G. Hoskins was one of the most original and influential British historians of the twentieth century. He realised that landscapes are the richest record we have of the past, and with his masterpiece, The Making of the English Landscape, he changed forever how we experience the places we live and work in.

Where we see a picturesque scene of rolling hills, distant spires and wooded valleys, Hoskins shows us the line of a Bronze Age trackway, the ghostly impression of an open-field system, the gridiron pattern of an industrial town, or the footprint of a Roman villa. By revealing these traces of the past, Hoskins enables us to appreciate different landscapes as if they were pieces of music, a series of compositions which enrich our understanding of the symphonic whole.

While planning and building our future villages and towns, in both green and urban places, this pioneering account reminds us why we must be sensitive to the land and its past as we leave our own marks in England’s historical landscape.


Introduction by William Boyd
216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
304 pages with black and white photographs throughout
Cover artwork by Fay Godwin.
ISBN 978-1-908213-10-5

Additional information

Weight400 g
Dimensions14 × 156 × 216 mm


  1. William Boyd

    ‘You could walk, over the course of a mile or two, through centuries of England’s history. The knowledge supplied by The Making of the English Landscape now revealed the secrets of the landscape around you. What initially had seemed a stereotypically charming scene became gravid with meaning and replete with markers of the remorseless passage of time. A landscape would never be the same.’

    Read William Boyd’s introduction to our new edition of The Making of the English Landscape in the Guardian.

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