Another 650 or so “places” have just been added to A Vision of Britain. The majority are based on ecclesiastical parishes, and with the exception of the City of London parishes the only “unplaced” ecclesiastical parishes left are in Cheshire, Yorkshire or counties to the north. We define new places only if an administrative unit cannot be linked to an existing place. Some of the new places are country villages too small to have ever been ancient or civil parishes, but many are suburbs around cities like Bristol and Birmingham.
We have not posted much on this blog recently, partly for the obvious reason that we have been off on our summer holidays. However, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes on new software for the web site. Much of this has been finished for some time, but we have been unable to launch it because it provides download facilities, we need to run Shibboleth software to control who can download what, and installing Shibboleth on our Sun server has turned out to be a bag of hurt. However, actual Shibboleth installation has been going on for the last fortnight, and the new interface is finally imminent.
When it does appear, you will see why we have been working to make as many administrative units as possible accessible via “places”, although our medium-term plans also involve adding a lot more units, including vills, manors and Irish townlands.