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The village of Norton is just a small part of the parish of Norton which comprises several settlements, each has its own distinctive story. There are four Community Quests to explore this area.
WORDS TO INTRODUCE
Maps - a piece of an historical map showing the village at a significant time. i.e. when something was very different from today. (in Norton we used a 1938 map which was significant because it was pre motorway, today the M6 morotway runs through the parish and the village) and a modern map of the parish.)
Old photographs to correspond with places noted on the old map. We were fortunate to find a selection of old photographs of buildings marked on the 1938 map, this may not always be possible. The photographs were interesting in that- the school had moved to another part of the parish, the blacksmith had completely disappeared, the trains no lodger stopped at the station and the station has disappeared.)
Clip boards to put the what is different what is the same sheets on to make note taking easier.
What is different? What is the same? sheets - the intention was just to work one example. Please see discussion about view finders in 'TOOLS'
A plastic photo holder - photocopied sheet run badly when they get wet.
Risk assessed walking route - our ideal walk turned out to be impossible despite there being a public footpath because it was so overgrown.
A clipboard with a View Finder. Detectives clip on a photograph and explore. They need to discover 'What is different? and What is the same? To see how buildings can change.
SKILLS LEARNED - to use old photographs to see how things change over time
Careful looking skills
Earlier in the week -
Part of an old map and some old photographs are found in the Treasures Box. There is a note attached to the map. The note says says: Is this fragment from a map of the parish of Norton?
QUEST TASK ONE
The Heritage Detectives must find out if a piece of a map found in the Treasures Box is part of a map of the Parish of Norton-juxta-Kempsey.
There is a clue on the map which shows a St. James' church. Norton Church is dedicated to St james the Great. The map is dated 1938 so it might be of Norton a long time ago.
Back in the church the group decides that the balance of the evidence would indicate that the map fragment comes from a map of Norton but Norton has changed.
QUEST TASK 2
The detectives need to work out if the village of Norton is the same as the parish of Norton.
The group collect and explore some old maps from the Information Library. They are able to match the fragment to one of the old maps. They look for and find Littleworth.
They find maps with their school and Littleworth and their school on it. Some children live in Littleworth, others live in Hatfield and others in Brockhill as well as places in Norton but they all attend Norton School which is actually in Littleworth, they find all these places on the most modern map which shows all of the parish of Norton-juxta-Kempsey
Since 1884 when civil parishes were first created there have been two kinds of parish, ecclesiastical and civil, their boundaries do not always coincide. The village of Norton is just a small part of both theeccelsiastical and civil parish of Norton.
The outputs we wanted
We wanted the detectives to understand the difference between a parish and a village. We had planned a walk around the village.
We hoped they would discover that the map fragment was from a map of the parish of Norton-juxta-Kemspey
We wanted them to be able to identify Norton village on a modern map and then be able to locate the different settlement including Littleworth where they were all at school.
The Outputs we received.
It was a very very wet day and it was very difficult for the original plan to be implemented. Groups did go outside when they could but the experience was limited. Fortunately the workshops were taken by two very experienced retired teachers who were able to carry the task and achieve the objectives set. Their feedback is expected.