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Finding medieval landscape names

Pre-modern field-names and minor landscape names are extremely useful for researchers wishing to recreate historical landscapes.

These resources are designed to help anyone wishing to locate and record the landscape names which are often found in medieval conveyance charters. With support it is possible for local groups to find and record field-names written in Latin documents dating from the thirteenth century onwards.

 
 

The resources

These resources are designed to supplement and work alongside the guidelines in The Local Historian article "Preparing the ground: finding minor landscape names in medieval documents". These guidelines are aimed at helping you find and record minor landscape names and field-names found within medieval charters. They have been created expressly for those with little or no expertise in working with the documents of medieval local history.

If you are new to medieval handwriting, you may wish to download a copy of Johnson and Jenkinson’s English Court Hand 1066-1500 which provides a comprehensive overview of medieval letter forms and abbreviations. 

Extract of medieval manuscript

Identifying the Key Clauses of a Medieval Deed

Resources to help you to navigate your way through a typical medieval conveyance charter.

Extract of medieval manuscript

Indicator Terms in Medieval Charters

Resources to help locate and record the landscape names which are often found in medieval conveyance charters.

 

Relevant publications

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following for generously allowing us to publish extracts from their manuscript collections. 

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