English local history prize awarded for essay on James Loch

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 22, 2010 04:13 PM |
Leicester graduate’s research wins annual history award.

The John Nichols Prize is awarded annually by the University’s Centre for English Local History for the best essay on the subject of: English local history.

The competition, which is open to anyone, closes at the end of the calendar year and the winner of the 2009 prize has now been announced. It’s James Bowen, who studied his MA at the Centre and is now taking a PhD at the University of Lancaster.

James’ essay is entitled 'A landscape of improvement: the impact of James Loch, Chief Agent to the Marquis of Stafford on the Lilleshall estate, Shropshire, 1720-1820'.

Loch is a controversial figure, chiefly remembered for his role in the Highland Clearances of the 18th/19th centuries. His work in Shropshire is less notorious. In his essay, James examined claims made by Loch about how he reworked Lilleshall and compared them with historical records. The Lilleshall estate is now a National Sports Centre.

The John Nichols Prize is named after the author of the seminal local history tome History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester which was published in eight parts between 1795 and 1815.