Mapping and analysing medieval built form using GPS and GIS

Keith Lilley*, Chris Lloyd, Steven Trick, Conor Graham

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Drawing upon recent research experiences of using a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), this paper sets out how spatial technologies can be used in the study of medieval built form. The paper focuses particularly on the use of differential GPS and ArcGIS™ in mapping and analysing the plan of Winchelsea, an English medieval 'new town' established in the 1280s. The approach used to conduct this research is outlined here, with comments on the practicalities of using GPS and GIS in historical urban morphology. Although the research on which this paper is based is at a preliminary stage, the paper offers a working method for those interested in using spatial technologies to build upon existing methods of morphological study, namely town-plan analysis and metrological analysis. Some preliminary research findings relating to the planning of medieval Winchelsea are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalUrban Morphology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 09 May 2005


  • GIS
  • GPS
  • Historical urban morphology
  • Medieval town planning
  • Spatial technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Urban Studies


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