The Council for British Archaeology East Midlands are running a long-term project on parish boundaries in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland).
The project is designed to involve local groups in a regional exercise to map their local parish boundaries and identify features of archaeological and historic interest that mark them. This way a large number of local groups can make a small contribution to a large project. The result will be a unique online resource accessible to anyone with an interest in historic landscapes and will serve as an important record. The database will be built up over time.
Leicestershire Fieldworkers are pleased to be associated with the project and have so far run one afternoon event at Jewry Wall Museum in April 2016 with a talk from two of the organisers. Several people have so far signed up. We intend to run a further event in the summer of 2016 for people who could not attend and we welcome people who are not Leicestershire Fieldwork members but who may be interested individuals or come from local historical groups in Leicestershire and Rutland. Please contact me, Kathy Elkin, via the Contact page on this website.
There is a main website for the project, managed by the CBA East Midlands which you can access for further information here http://boundaryproject.cbaem.org
This takes you to the Home page. At the bottom of the Home page are links to further information namely:
a) Answers to Frequently Asked Questions – a web page
b) Notes on the boundaries project – a downloadable pdf.
c) 3 database examples and a full database listing
After attending an event (it does not have to be with us – there are other talks taking place in other counties) if you are working in Leicestershire I can send you a document which has specific resources for Leicestershire use including information on how to get the 1986 ecology survey results from County Hall. I can also send you information about using LiDAR to enhance your research. You will need to sign up with the project in order to access the database. You will need to know your parish and its surrounding parishes. It is recommended that the survey is carried out by at least 2 people for safety reasons and please note you must always gain landowner permission when not on a footpath. If you are a member of the Fieldworkers you will be covered by our liability insurance.