PhD (part-time) - currently registered
Assess the impact of language, history and landscape on settlement place-names, together with woodland, field, waterway, routeway and meeting place names, on the Isle of Axholme (Epworth Wapentake), and its relationship with surrounding wapentakes.
My study will provide comprehensive evidence of the impact of language, history and landscape on place-names within the Isle of Axholme, also known as Epworth Wapentake, in the West Riding of Lindsey. The aim is to provide an EPNS-style survey of the parishes of the Isle of Axholme, exploring the contribution place-name study can make to our understanding of the language, history and landscape of the Isle of Axholme in the West Riding of Lindsey and how this evidence can inform other disciplines, such as archaeology, geology and history.
The landscape of Axholme has undergone substantial changes due to drainage and land reclamation by Vermuyden in the 1620s, changing from a predominantly marshy area liable to flooding into productive agricultural land. The project will provide a broader context and detailed onomastic research in this area, clarifying etymology by providing landscape and historical context to help understand why particular names were given to settlements. It will shed light on the motivations of the name-givers, explaining the place-names in relation to each other. Finally, it will explore place-name history in order tell the story of Axholme in relation to its watery past.
Viking and Anglo-Saxon history
Dr Jayne Carroll
Dr John Baker
BA (Hons) English Literature/German Language and Contemporary Studies - Oxford Brookes University
PGCE - University of Huddersfield, 2007
Diploma in Teaching English (literacy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector - University of Hull, 2010
MA English Studies (Distinction) - University of Nottingham, 2016-2018
Place-Names in North Lincolnshire, U3A History Group Scunthorpe - 3/2019
Place-Names in North Lincolnshire, University Campus North Lincolnshire (part of University of Lincoln) - 6/2019