So far so good...
Key Outcomes, October 2019:
- Three publications have now come out of this fascinating and rewarding project - read more about these and the project outcomes ..
- A group of 15 mapped history volunteers were trained to research and collate information about the names of fields, woods and landscape features in the Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership area.
- More than 2500 fieldnames have been discovered, captured, interpreted and uploaded onto the database for viewing via the Rusland Horizons website - go to 'Explore Map' to view.
- An event was held to celebrate the project and view fieldnames now live on the website.
- The volunteers ran a training day on behalf of Friends of the Lake District for outdoor leaders to learn about fieldnames and landscape heritage.
- Three books have been published from the project:
- 'Lake District Fieldnames: A Guide for Local Historians' by Professor Angus J L Winchester.
- ‘Feather Bed & Shive of Cheese’ by Sophia Martin, Liz Kingston and Pat Jones sets maps and interpretations of all 500 fieldnames of this area within the context of settlement and family history.
- 'What's in a Name? Re-discovering the Field-names of the Rusland Valley and Fells' by the Mapped History volunteers (September 2019. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information)
- More data is being gathered, interpreted and verified as further information is discovered from archives, attics and landowners.
Did you know?
Many of the fieldnames and place names are derived from Old Norse, for example: Haverthwaite is the name the Norse men gave to the clearing where they grew oats ('thwaite' means clearing).