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Field names WI project

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Katek Sat 17-Jun-17 22:40:53

I was speaking to ab older friend today and she was telling me about an SWRI (as was) project some years ago. This was to collect all the old field names in their area before they disappeared. She said it was a national project but not sure if that included England. Does anybody have any info on this?

Cherrytree59 Sun 18-Jun-17 17:31:07

Hi kateK
Can't help
but thought I would bump
As could be an interesting topicsmile

Anniebach Sun 18-Jun-17 17:44:48

What country was this project carried out in? It is interesting

Jalima1108 Sun 18-Jun-17 20:54:05

Ordnance Survey began mapping England in about 1801 and I wonder if field names were included on those?

Cherrytree59 Sun 18-Jun-17 21:14:10

According to the all knowing Google
There is a book about Old English Fields and their names on Amazon
By a John Field

Katek Sun 18-Jun-17 21:16:09

My friend is aware that this project ran in Scotland and another Gnetter has pm'd me to say that this research project involving the WI was carried out in Devon from 64-79. Would be really interesting to track these records down.

Anniebach Sun 18-Jun-17 22:53:09

Bet Wales wasn't researched grin

Jalima1108 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:37:20

We had a field behind our house in Devon - I wonder what it was called? It is a field no longer as we all bought strips and extended our gardens.

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 15:48:28

While researching my family history, I found a document from the beginning of the 19th Century listing all the land in and around Ashover in Derbyshire, for the purpose of assessing it for poor relief rates. Every field was marked on a map and listed with its owner, occupier, name, acreage, rateable value per acre, and the amount due on it. Anyone living in or near Ashover who would like to know the old field names around them can go to Matlock and see it.

Jalima1108 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:51:37

Apparently our (then) area was mapped in 1843, there is a tithe map available to purchase.

Jalima1108 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:52:42


Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 16:02:12

annie Maybe one place to see Welsh fieldnames on maps is the tithe maps. They are being transcribed and digitised.

The same could be true of other areas. Try Googling your area and field names or tithe maps and see what turns up.

Anniebach Mon 19-Jun-17 16:03:27

Jalima , thank you so much

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 16:03:45

Crossed posts, Jalima I might have posted before you, had I not tried to explain tithe maps and poor laws. I deleted that and just posted the link.

Anniebach Mon 19-Jun-17 16:04:05

Thank you Elegran

Katek Mon 19-Jun-17 16:35:54

Don't think Scotland had tithed land???

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 17:04:43

I don't know, Katek but there seem only to be tithe maps and schedules for England and Wales.

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 17:07:18

"Scotland and Ireland have a different history: the [Tithe] Acts cited in this research guide did not apply there. "
National Archives

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 17:09:37

"What are teinds? : An account of the history of tithes in Scotland
by Black, William George, 1857-1932"

Read online

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 17:12:40

Or download PDF or for Kindle, Epub, Daisy or Abbyy GZ

Elegran Mon 19-Jun-17 17:14:58

There are five blank pages in the PDF before the book starts - don't assume there is a problem.

Katek Mon 19-Jun-17 17:24:20

Looks interesting elegran - that's this evening's reading sorted out.