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East Anglian Data

Welcome to the Poppyland Publishing data pages.

As with the Support and Resource pages, these pages are another way of extending the range of tools we can offer to support the historical understanding of East Anglia. There's no cost involved in using these pages for private research or formal education - but occasionally they will give you links to books, DVDs and other resources which we hope you'll find of interest and can be purchased from the site.

There are several data sets in place and further are planned. We'd also be more than happy if you can help with the development of those provided here.

Databases can be very useful to the historian - certainly just to look things up, but there are opportunities to go further through data analysis and mapping. The plotting here makes use of the Google map system.

These databases are sometimes linked to or derived from our printed books and DVDs, and are sometimes freestanding - but we hope you'll explore the whole of the site and find some things you'd like to purchase, as well as make use of these free resources.

You'll find other database units specifically linked to books within the 'Support and Resource' units on this web site.

Database 1: East Anglian Stations

The railway system of the United Kingdom developed very rapidly during the 19th century, and after a few decades very few places in the country were not within easy reach of a railway station. Initially railways were for the local carriage of freight, generally coal. Then the great trunk lines began to join the major centres of population, followed by 50 years of the development of local branch lines to fill in the gaps.

When the process went into reverse with the closures of the second half of the 20th century, many of these branch lines were the first to go. In East Anglia, nearly 600 stations shrank back to less than 100.

The operation of the railways moved from small independent companies to regional merging, and finally national unification under British Rail. At the end of the 20th century, this process again went into reverse with the railways returning to ownership by private companies.

The Stations database records the key occurences for each station over the years. It does not currently record information after the time of British Rail.

Database 2: Castles and Forts

Castles and Forts is a database of significant defensive sites across the region. It is not possible or appropriate to include every single defended manor house; there are too many aspects of classification which would have to be investigated and supplied. We hope however that the data supplied will arouse interest in further research, whether it is of the development of an Iron Age fort or why so many manor houses became mini castles in the 14th century Wherever appropriate links have been provided to Poppyland Publishing books or DVDs which help put the location into context - and you can order these direct from the site.

Database 3: East Anglian Census Data - Runton

This link takes you directly to the 'Support and Resources' pages for the booklet 'East and West Runton - Two Villages, One Parish'. From that page you can use Activities 1, 2 and 3 to explore the 1851 census for Runton. Activity 2 contains the first implementation of our census analysis software, to enable you not simply to look up a person from the census record, but understand something of what the village was like at that time - what work was available, do the records indicate people moving around the country?, what were the popular names? - and so on.

We will be adding to the census data available, sometimes directly linked to our publications and sometimes independently, where readers have contributed transcribed sets to the site. Please contact us at census@poppyland.co.uk if you would like to contribute to this project.

Database 4: East Anglian Census Data - Aylsham

At present this link takes you directly to the 'Support and Resources' pages for the book 'Millgate'. From that page you can use Activities 2 and 3 to explore the 1861 census for the Millgate and Dunkirk area of Aylsham. Activity 2 contains a listing of that data and Activity 3 contains the data with our census analysis software, to enable you not simply to look up a person from the census record, but understand something of what the village was like at that time - what work was available, do the records indicate people moving around the country?, what were the popular names? - and so on.

We will be adding to the census data available, sometimes directly linked to our publications and sometimes independently, where readers have contributed transcribed sets to the site. Please contact us at census@poppyland.co.uk if you would like to contribute to this project.

Database 5: Mills & Pumps

This link will take you directly through to one of the Activity pages developed to accompany the book Millgate. It is a developing datafile of wind, water and tide mills and pumps in East Anglia. It is not a comprehensive database but is gradually developing its range and where appropriate provides links to other sites covering these topics.

Our photographer is collecting photos gradually across the region but if you're able to provide a picture of how a mill or the remains of a mill look today, we'll be plesed to hear from you.

Database 6: The Civil War

For those viewing this from countries other than England, where the simple title 'The Civil War' might have a different meaning, the database records the battles of the English Civil War in the period 1642 to 1651 - though various of the events took place in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Whilst one of the key figures of the time, Oliver Cromwell, was very much an East Anglian, the events of the time took place all over the British Isles, so slide the map around if you wish to explore further afield.

Database 7: Military Airfields

This database is a developing database of military airfields past and present in the east of England. At present it simply provides a location for such airfields; it is planned to add further information in due course.

If you are able to provide a photograph of an airfield listed on the database as it looks today, or a link for a website with further information, we'd bepleasetohear from you so that it can be added into the database.

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