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 ‘The Forest of Rokingham after the olde perambulation is about a 20 miles yn length, and in bredthe 5 or 4 miles in sum places, and in sum lesse. There be dyvers lodges for keepers of the fallow dere yn it. And withyn the precincte of it is good corne and pasture and a plentie of woodde.’     John Leland 1546

Thank you for visiting the Rockingham Forest Trust's Heritage Resource Centre. It contains unique historic mapping for the whole of Northamptonshire, detailed information about the settlements of Rockingham Forest, historic environment reports for 6 landscape areas in other parts of the county and educational resources for schools.

 The Resource Centre was originally produced as part of our Heritage Lottery funded project 'People of the Forest' which worked within the Rockingham Forest area in the north of the county. The Centre was expanded between 2010 - 2013 through the 'Rose of the Shires' project, which was also Heritage Lottery funded.

All Rockingham Forest area maps (Medieval, 18th century and 1880s) can be accessed through the 'Atlas of the Forest' link in the Main Menu. Every village and town within the Forest area can be individually selected through the 'Select a Township' link. 

The Medieval and 18th century maps for the rest of the county can be accessed through the 'Atlas of Northamptonshire' link. The 'Rose of the Shires' project also worked with communities in 6 areas of the county to record their historic landscape and produce Historic Environment Reports. These are available through the 'Northamptonshire Landscape' link and selecting from the file downloads at the bottom of the page . 

The maps and other information included in this site provide a unique insight into the changing landscape of Northamptonshire over the past 800 years. These pages help to explain how much of what we value in the present landscape originated -something that is essential to understanding how to manage and conserve it for future generations.We hope you enjoy discovering more about Northamptonshire's fascinating past.


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