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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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Early folk territories on and around the Blackdown Hills

Early folk territories on and around the Blackdown Hills

(p.165) 9 Early folk territories on and around the Blackdown Hills
Making Sense of an Historic Landscape

Stephen Rippon

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a series of case studies on and around the Blackdown Hills. It argues that what are referred to as ‘early folk territories’ fragmented into a series of smaller ‘great estates’, and that the latter were often used when other secular and ecclesiastical administrative units were created (hundreds and parochiae). Rather than the Blackdown Hills simply being the upland, peripheral, part of social territories based in the adjacent lowland areas, it appears that they were occupied by their own ‘early folk territory’.

Keywords:   landscape character, historic landscapes, case studies, early folk territories, great estates

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