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Martin Laker: What Place is that then?
 

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    Martin Laker: What Place is that then? Martin Laker: What Place is that then? Presentation Transcript

    • What Place is that then?
      • Martin Laker
      • Bath & North East Somerset Council
    • What place is that then?
    • Traditional units of local government from Saxon times to late 19 th Century
      • COUNTY
      • HUNDRED
      • PARISH
      • TOWNSHIP
    • Complications….
      • 1. Regional variations in nomenclature
      • 2. Borders of the units were not always co-incident with those at other levels
      • 3. Areas could be common to two more units
      • 4. Detached portions
      • 5. Exceptions – areas which fell outside the hierarchy at one or more levels.
    • Regional variations
      • Somerset “I live in the tithing of X in the hundred of Y”
      • Yorkshire “I live in the township of X in the wapentake of Y”
    • Common areas
    • Detached areas
    •  
    • Parliamentary enclosure in Cumbria
    • Exceptions
      • COUNTY County corporate
      • HUNDRED Liberty
      • PARISH Extra-parochial place
      • TOWNSHIP (no name)
    • Extra parochial places
      • Royal forests
      • Royal castles
      • Cathedral closes
      • Some monastic buildings in boroughs and cities
      • Land reclaimed from the foreshore (parish structure stopped at HWM until 1868)
      • Off-shore islands and other bits that never made it into the parochial structure or that managed to escape
    • I don’t have time to tell you about….
      • Stinted land
      • The Soke of Peterborough
      • Sock Dennis
      • Cinque Ports
      • The Forest of Dean
      • Berwick-upon-Tweed
      • and hundreds of others….
    • Relevance to us today
      • Locating old records
      • Defining places and localities
      • BS7666
    • OS Boundary Files
      • Original at NRO, Kew. Photo courtesy of Dr Y. Hodson
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