How old are the fields in the Lake District landscape? Why are they set out in different patterns?
Several different patterns of field boundaries can be identified (long, thin, strip-like fields; small irregular fields; large rectangular enclosures on the fells), each of which is the result of a different phase and process of enclosure.
In this talk, Professor Angus Winchester, a notable landscape historian, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide an outline history of the making of the Lakeland 'fieldscape' from medieval times to the 19th century.
The landscape of the Rusland Valley and Fells reflects a long history of settlement, agriculture and woodland industry. Professor Winchester is working alongside a group of volunteers collecting and interpreting field and minor place names to examine how the landscape has changed and been worked. The aim is to improve understanding of past lives and landscapes of the Rusland Valley and Fells to inform future planning and enable people to learn about and become involved in conserving our heritage before it disappears.
This is sure to be a fascinating evening and everyone is welcome. Taking part is free and booking is essential.