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Northumberland Name Books

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Diana Whaley


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Author(s): Whaley Diana

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2021

Access Year: 2022

Acceptance date: 01/09/2021

Publisher: Northumberland Name Books — Places and People c. 1860

Access Date: 28 June


Notes: The Ordnance Survey Name Books are records of the fieldwork done by Royal Engineers surveyors and civilian assistants as a basis for First Edition Six Inch maps and subsequent maps. Alongside the technical surveying, they collected a rich array of information about places and place-names from local informants, and this is recorded in the Name Books in tabular form. The Name Books throw important light on the way this colossal exercise was conducted, including glimpses of the social dynamics within surveying teams, and between them and their informants. The project ‘Northumberland Name Books — Places and People c. 1860’ (‘Northumberland Name Books’ for short) was launched in May 2016 and over the following three years some forty splendid volunteers contributed to the huge task of transcribing the books.