The common characteristics of the region that may be called Wessex compare well with those of the Central Region, but are not as marked as those of some of the other regions that we shall discuss. It is true that elsewhere in the world new nation-States have been constructed out of little more than Wessex possesses — memories of an ancient kingdom and a recent literary revival. But in the period that we are considering, the region seems to have lacked definition save in negative ways. This was the part of southern England which lay between the South-East, where the dominance of London was overwhelming, and the South-West, where a very distinctive regional pattern can be discerned. Wessex had no obvious regional capital, and no easily-defined boundaries except for its coastline.


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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St. John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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