How to look for records of... Villages and the countryside
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This is a brief guide to researching records of villages and the countryside. This guide will help you to identify some key sources of information which will help you with your research.
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What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
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Did you know?
A village is usually described as a centre of population with an area less than 2.5 square kilometres (1 square mile). A village will always have a church.
A hamlet is usually defined as a small, isolated group of houses without a church.
The National Farm Survey was instigated by the government in 1941 to provide data for post-war planning. It was perceived as a ‘Second Domesday Book’.
The National Parks Commission for England and Wales was appointed in 1949 under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of the same year.
The origins of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food may be traced to a chartered society, the Board of Agriculture. This body was formed in 1793, dissolved in 1822, and then revived as the English Agricultural Society in 1838 (renamed the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1840), and inspired the Tithe Commutation Act 1836, the Copyhold Act 1841, and the Inclosure Act 1845.
The 1919 Forestry Act gave the Forestry Commission the general duty of promoting the interests of forestry, the development of afforestation, and the production and supply of timber in the United Kingdom.