Session624
TitleProductive Ground: Place-Names and the Landscapes of Food Provision
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2016: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorInstitute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham
 
OrganiserJohn Baker, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham
 
Moderator/ChairJayne Carroll, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham
 
Paper 624-a The Seasoned Traveller: Place-Name Evidence for Medieval Salt Transport
(Language: English)
Eleanor Rye, Department of Language & Linguistic Science, University of York
Index Terms: Economics - Trade; Language and Literature - Old English; Onomastics
Paper 624-b Field-Names, Food, and Farming Practices in Medieval Nottinghamshire
(Language: English)
Rebecca Gregory, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Middle English; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Onomastics
Paper 624-c A Balanced Diet?: Evidence for Hunting, Gathering, and Farming in Shropshire Place-Names
(Language: English)
John Baker, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Onomastics
 
AbstractMedieval food production and its associated activities and industries have left a significant linguistic legacy in the English landscape, in the form of place-names. These contain numerous references to animal husbandry, crop cultivation, and so on; to a very considerable degree, field-names reflect the agricultural concerns and farming practices of predominantly rural communities; and England's medieval infrastructure, parts of which are best studied through onomastic research, must partly be a response to the movement of food and livestock. This session explores ways in which place- and field-names across the Midlands can help us identify and characterise different elements in the chain of food production and supply.