The present-day Lakeland landscape has been created through centuries of change and development. Since the medieval period people have settled the land, working the woodlands and clearing land for farming. Many of the villages in the Lake District have ‘thwaite’ names, meaning a clearing in the woods. A classic example is the South Lakeland village of Finsthwaite, where the settlement is embedded in an historic field pattern, surrounded by woodlands.
One of the projects in the Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership Scheme has researched field and woodland names. These names tell us a lot about the physical and cultural heritage of the land. Using a wide variety of sources, local communities have volunteered weeks of work and the fruits of their labours are now available on an interactive map (which will be demonstrated).
A mixture of guided walks and talks will bring the landscape of Finsthwaite to life. It will serve as a great example of how some quality research can yield huge dividends in explaining the view in front of your eyes, and will make you think differently about the landscape and how it has developed over the centuries.
Activity grade: Easy/moderate
Meeting point: Finsthwaite and Lakeside Village Hall (by St Peter’s Church Finsthwaite Grid Ref SD 3687 8778 and Postcode LA12 8BJ).
Time: 10am – 4pm
Workshop trainer: Sophia Martin (local historian)