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Field Names

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If you grew up in the Northamptonshire countryside then you will remember walking and playing along the footpaths, among the hedgerows and, maybe, in the old, ruined buildings which are strictly out-of-bounds to your own children now (just as they were to you back then!)

And you will remember the place names, mostly centuries old and based on incidents long forgotten, but some more recent, even in living memory, adding more stitches to the tapestry of our history.

But how many people who live in our villages now were raised there and have those recollections? Even some of our farmers are new here and have no memories to colour the map on the office wall; some others care little for the past, anyway.

The Field Names Project, sponsored by this Rose of the Shires website, aims to capture and preserve this history before all remembrance of it fades. We record the names of fields, tracks, old or ruined buildings and other features which are not specified on normal maps.

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Joining in is easy! Just visit the website and drag and zoom in on the map to find the place you want to record. Click or tap the middle of it and a form pops up with the Global and Ordnance Survey co-ordinates filled in automatically. Just type in the place name and select the parish where it is located (to provide data for our search facility). If necessary, double check which parish it is in on the County Council Mapping Site

The only other thing you have to do is select "field", "lane, path etc." or "barn, ruin or other building" from the list to tell everyone what your data is about. The option "other" lets you add any appropriate feature of the landscape.

There is room for more if you can share it. Maybe there is a web page about the place or a photo on line that you can link to. Perhaps you have your own short history to add. If you include your name and e-mail we can check back for details but that is entirely up to you - no personal data is required and, if provided, is not shared with any other organisation.

As well as individuals, we are delighted to see groups joining in. Maybe this could be a family activity or a project for a village school class. Perhaps a local heritage or history group can contribute.

Please help us preserve a record of the Social History of our county landscape.

Ruined Barn

Overgrown Old Barn