The same lady who had given me fieldnames where she resides in Kilkenny now, remembered some fieldnames from her childhood in Fingal, Dublin. I could probably be more precise, it might have been Diswellstown, but it doesn’t really matter. The whole area has been developed into housing estates and Castleknock Golfcourse, so all the fields are gone. For that reason, I could not add them to openstreetmap.org. It also meant that fieldpapers.org reached its limits, because the satellite view was not much use. To try and find the field boundaries, we used old maps like the British War Office map. I think it’s amazing that she remembers the locations and names so well, because even on the British War Office map (1940s), the field boundaries are different to what she remembers.

Geojson screenshot (Click to enlarge)

To add the outline and names to MapBox, I used a tool I have barely used before: geojson. It allows you to draw outlines and place markers, add data like names etc on a map and export/ save your data in several formats, geojson being one of them. That file can then be imported into MapBox as a TileSet. I used old_name for all of them, because the fields are gone and history now. (Of course, I didn’t have to follow OSM syntax, because I wasn’t using OSM, but I thought it a better idea to stick with a standard.)

Obsolete fieldnames in Fingal

So this is what they look like on our map now. In the northeastern corner of the Aerodrome Field, the hangars used to be. The dairy was in the northeastern corner of the Dairy Field. There is a ringfort (National monument no. DU017-007) still in the southeastern corner of the Moat Field, integrated into the golf course that my informant had down as “Circular earthwork”, which is not wrong. “Tennis Courts” is not technically a fieldname, but the location of the tennis courts lending their name to the Tennis Court Field to the South.

My favourite this time was the Bone Field, which presumably held a graveyard or cemetery at some point or maybe a battlefield. It’s just a coincidence that I got the names around Halloween which made it more appealing. Just checked, the National Monuments no. for a “burial ground” in Astagob is DU017-074.

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