This exceptional book can both be read as a chronological history of the development of Britain and can be used as an invaluable reference work. Eric Wood unearths the origins, evolution and progress of Britain’s villages, towns, universities, pubs, farms and industries, explaining everything from Iron Age forts to the iron bridges of the industrial revolution. Each entry in the book not only describes the subject under discussion but also sets it in context in the developing jigsaw of Britain’s history. Designed to appeal to the general reader as well as to students of archaeology and British history, Historical Britain is copiously illustrated with line drawings and maps that show archaeological sites and landscapes, cross-sections and plans of all kinds of buildings, as well as tools and agricultural and industrial machinery. These illustrations perfectly complement a scholarly text that is the fruit of Eric Wood’s lifelong study of Britain’s past.