3. The Evolution of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Landscape
This chapter explores the historical dimension of the character of landscape of the Cotswolds AONB, tracing its evolution in terms of social, cultural, and economic events that shaped the countryside we see today. After an historical introduction, the development of the landscape is described under the headings of:
- Farming, forestry and woodland
- Quarrying and delving
- Settlement and built form
Each heading is explored in terms of its history, and how this history impacted on the appearance of landscape in a discernible, tangible way. The chapter ends with an illustrated time-line summary.