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Kathryn Bullen

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (part-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

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.

Research summary

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.

Research Interests


Viking and Anglo-Saxon history

Research Supervisors

Dr Jayne Carroll

Dr John Baker

Academic History

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

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