I gained my first degree (BA Hons) at the University of Hull (1969) where I gained the Marchant Prize and learnt my historical geography at the feet of Professor Jay Appleton and Alan Harris.They encouraged me to move on to University College, London to work with Hugh Prince. That got me a Lectureship here at Birmingham in 1971 from where I eventually acquired a PhD (1985), Senior Lectureship (1992) and Readership (1995). I live in Moseley and am a director and trustee of Moseley Community Development Trust (2000- ). I am an Honorary Lay Canon of Birmingham Cathedral (2005- ); Member of the General Synod of the Church of England (2005-10); Member of the Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Birmingham (1992- ). I am a life Vice President of Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society having been President 1991-94.
Research Cluster / Group Affiliation
Society, Economy and Environment
English medieval town planning
Medieval towns and the Church
European medieval urban development
North American colonial urban development
Historic towns atlases
Pilgrimage and religious faith
Current / Recent Research
Medieval Market Places and the Historic Towns Atlas; an analysis of medieval market place forms and evolution; with Professor Anngret Simms and the European Historic Towns Atlas Group
An Historical Atlas of Warwickshire; with Dr Paul Ell, Queen’s University of Belfast and others
Medieval urban plot patterns and processes of change in northern Europe.
2011 (in preparation) An Historical Atlas of Warwickshire (Phillimore, Chichester)
2008 A county of small towns: the development of Hertfordshire's urban landscape to c.1800 Ed with Nigel Goose (University of Hertfordshire Press) 420pp
2005 Celebrating a Century of Christ: the Diocese of Birmingham 1905-2005 (Phillimore, Chichester) 222 pp
2002 Edgbaston. A History (Phillimore, Chichester) 134 pp
2008 Warwickshire 1720-1820. Beighton and Greenwood compared, IMCOS Journal 113, pp. 13-17
2007 'Building England's towns in space and time', J. Urban History, 34(1), 167-78
2005 ‘Planning English medieval street towns: the Hertfordshire evidence’, Landscape History 26, pp. 19-36.