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Michael Potterton on the 'Anglo-Norman town'

To complement the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Online series we are producing short essays by experts on particular town types.

The fifth in the series is on the Anglo-Norman towns by Michael Potterton IHTA editor and lecturer in Maynooth University. In this essay, Potterton gives examples of the unprecedented urban growth in Ireland from the thirteenth century.  

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Further reading

To view and download the IHTA Online editions of towns of Athlone, Carlingford, Carrickfergus, Fethard, Kilkenny, Mullingar, Sligo, Trim or Youghal click here

To purchase copies of IHTA publications please click here

Expert essays

Anngret Simms on the 'Monastic town' click here

Howard Clarke on the 'Viking town' click here

Raymond Gillespie on the 'Early Modern, Gaelic and Plantation' town click here

Colm Lennon on the 'town in the eighteenth century' click here.

Jacinta Prunty on the 'town in the nineteenth century' click here

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Cover image: 'Kragfargus towne', c. 1560. BL, Cotton MS Augustus I, ii, 42. It appears as Map 4 in IHTA no. 2 Carrickferfgus by Philip Robinson (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 1986). 

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