County histories were rare in Britain prior to the eighteenth century, hence the importance of two works, The Natural History of Oxfordshire, 1677 and a similarly worded title on the county of Staffordshire by Dr Robert Plot published in 1686.

 

The methodology underlying these works is in marked contrast with the published historical works which were to appear later. Plot’s writing is in parts characterised by an over dependency on unverifiable stories handed down from earlier generations, and even statements contrary to rational interpretation. Events of his own times were, however, reported with a much greater sense of objectivity.

 

Plot, incidentally was a contemporary of Drs Robert Hooke and Boyle at Oxford. This disc is accompanied by Joseph Bronne’s 1682 map of Staffordshire.

The Natural History of Staffordshire by Robert Plot

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