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Collecting all the field‐names of a parish from every available source, from earliest times to the present day, is a worthwhile task for a local historian or a group project. Unlike the study of †place‐names, specialist linguistic knowledge is rarely needed, for few field‐names go back so far in time as to hinder interpretation. Every parish has sufficient records to make this task plausible; even towns and cities have records of field‐names from earlier times and street‐names that commemorate former fields. In some parishes field‐names changed considerably over time, but elsewhere the names have remained remarkably consistent over centuries. See John Field, A History of English Field‐Names (1993), and George Redmonds, Names and History: People, Places and Things (2004).

Subjects: History.

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