Do Scout Moor archaeological surveys, as with the adjacent Rooley Moor surveys, omit medieval documentation?
There is so much in the public domain for Rooley Moor, yet two surveys failed to mention the large number of medieval charters.
Will we find medieval documentation omissions in the Scout Moor archaeological survey?
This post will outline the medieval documentation for the area known as Scout Moor. In a later post I will see how much of this data was used in the Scout Moor archaeological survey. Since later surveys adjacent to Scout Moor still omitted basic medieval sources (The Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey for example) there is lottle chance of a thorough survey of this area, since they rely on the same woefully lacking and outdated HER.
There are certainly glaring omissions when it comes to archaeological sites too, which will be detailed in a separate archaeology post.
Good outlines of the major historical events/sources for the area, but out of date when compared to contemporary historical analysis.
Parish of Rochdale – Retrieved from British History Online
History of the Parish of Rochdale – Retrieved from Touchstone’s site.
1610 Manor Survey of Rochdale (Touchstones site).
1626 Manor Survey of Rochdale.
History of the Forest of Rossendale – 1893, Thomas Newbigging
The Economic History of Rossendale – G. H. Tupling, M.A. (Manchester University, Economic History Series, no.4, and Chetham Society).
Spring Hill History Website – with comments and notes on the ‘Economic History of Rossendale’.
Archives with original documents
British Library – Spotland (Historical Rochdale township in which most of Scout Moor was in).
Chethams Library – inclding the Raines Collection (Contains a lot of Rochdale area material).
Rylands Library – contains original documents relating to the area
Whalley Abbey – Coucher Book, includes hundreds of medieval abbey charters relating to Rochdale and Bury.
First Series 19th Century Ordnance Survey Maps – Good details, such as old farmsteads, minor place-names and land use.
Ekwall, The place-names of Lancashire – seminal work for Lancashire place-names but a little outdated.
The Place Names of Lancashire – David Mills, 1977