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Making Sense of an Historic Landscape$
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Stephen Rippon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533787.001.0001

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Characterizing the cultural landscape

Characterizing the cultural landscape

the pattern and language of settlement

(p.53) 4 Characterizing the cultural landscape
Making Sense of an Historic Landscape

Stephen Rippon

Oxford University Press

This chapter turns to the physical character of the historic landscape, in particular, the patterns of settlements depicted on the Ordnance Survey First Edition Six Inch maps of the 1880s. It proposes a typology of settlement patterns ranging from almost wholly nucleated in the lowlands of central Somerset to almost wholly dispersed in some Blackdown Hills parishes. It then considers the location of parish churches in relation to topography, with very marked regional variation being identified. Next, it looks at a series of place- and field-name elements that form a distinctive part of landscape character in many areas.

Keywords:   historic landscape, landscape character, physical character, settlements, Blackdown Hills, parish churches, place-name, field-name

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