Canon Dr Terry Slater

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

+44 (0)121 41 45534
+44 (0)121 41 45528
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


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

Research Interests

  • English medieval town planning
  • Town-plan analysis
  • Medieval towns and the Church
  • European medieval urban development
  • North American colonial urban development
  • Urban conservation
  • 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.

Other activities

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of Teaching Quality Assurance and Enhancement.



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

Journal Papers

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.


Buildings and plans of European, British and West Midlands historic towns; urban conservation; modern urban development, especially in Birmingham

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