Harold Fox was a historian of the landscape and economy of medieval south-west England, and especially Devon. His knowledge of Devon’s manorial records was unparalleled. Born in 1945, he was brought up in Dartmouth and educated at Churston Ferrers grammar school. He was a geographer by training, completing a first class degree at University College London before doing a PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of the great Domesday geographer, H. C. Derby. His topic was the field-systems of Devon and Cornwall. Harold spent the great majority of his career at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester: appointed in 1976, he was promoted to a professorship in 2003, and retired in 2007.
This award has been instigated to commemorate his life and work as a leading member of the staff at the Centre for English Local History and the founder of the Friends of the Centre.
Each year an award of £1000 (one thousand pounds) will be made to a potential student for the M.A. course at the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester, who produces what is considered to be the best result in a competition based on an essay of 2000 (two thousand) words on the theme of a subject related to the study of Landscape History. The payment is intended to offset the fees charged for the course and will be paid to the University Accounts Department
The essay will be judged by a panel consisting of two members of the ‘Friends’ and one member of staff of the Centre. Interest in the award should be communicated to the Secretary by June1st and the entry should be received by August 1st.
The Harold Fox Award 2016
What factors make a particular locality historically distinctive, and by what means might such local history now be studied.
The Harold Fox Award 2015