Landscape and Rural History

The Farm Machine in the Nettles- Will it Ever be Used Again?

How the enigma of an old plough in the nettles led to an insight into the landscape all around and helped seed a lifelong interest in the significance of ploughs, ploughing and ploughlands.

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The Meaning of a Place Name

How looking at the roots of the old words for the hills and other places in the landscape around us, can bring us into closer touch with our surroundings.

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Naming a Place

How a place name comes about in the first place and what it might tell us about those who first used the name.

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Why Should the Open Field System Matter to Us?

The open field system represented a way of life that allowed our recent forbears to live a balanced life, albeit a hard working one, in touch with the land. It gave them the means to provide their own dignity and a degree of independence. I came to see how much more ubiquitous it was than I had once thought, and how its presence and loss through enclosure was a great tragedy that is still really relevant today.

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