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Lake District Field-Names. A guide for local historians

The names of individual fields can help us to understand how the rural landscape has evolved over the centuries. Originally coined to identify a field by capturing what was distinctive about it, field-names often record how a field was used in the past, what it looked like or who owned it. Recorded on old maps and sometimes preserved in the memory of older residents, field-names provide fascinating raw material for local history.

This book is a practical guide and toolkit for anyone interested in exploring field-names in the Lake District. It offers advice on the sources to consult in order to discover the field-names of a local area and on how to interpret the meaning of field-names, with a view to making sense of the history of fields in a chosen locality. It also contains a detailed glossary of obsolete and dialect terms encountered in field-names and a series of local maps, to illustrate field-naming patterns in different parts of the Lake District. It is conceived as a handbook for all who are interested in the local history of Cumbria and adjacent areas.

  • Softback
  • Full colour cover, 8 maps (3 full colour and 5 b/w), 1 b/w figure
  • ISBN: 978-1-86220-338-9
  • 60pp
  • Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Rusland Horizons project

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Published by the Regional Heritage Centre, Lancaster University


About the Author

Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of Local and Landscape History at Lancaster University. He was the Director of the Victoria County History of Cumbria project from its inception in 2010 until his retirement in 2016, and was the Director of the Regional Heritage Centre from 2014 to 2016.

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