Exploring the Isle

This website has been created to complement the Isle of Axholme Exhibition taking place from March to October 2022 at the North Lincolnshire Museum. At the exhibition place-name research is showcased alongside a celebration of the work of the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership, which aims to reconnect the local community with their unique landscape and heritage. You can also visit the exhibition via a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home.

Studying place-names can help us to discover valuable information about the language, history, and landscape of the places where we live. In each themed menu you will find sub-menus with additional information relating to the theme. For example, in this menu you can read about The Isle Through Time, investigate the links in the Ride Around Axholme, and experience the landscape of Crowle Moors. Discover more about place-names, including a clickable map, field-names and watery names, in the Place-Names menu. A range of educational materials suitable for use in schools and adult education settings is provided in the Resources menu. The Talks and Workshops menu lists a broad programme of events running alongside the exhibition. Finally, Meet the Author – feedback and suggestions are welcome!

Start by exploring the illustrated heritage map below which shows some interesting features in Axholme through time. The 8 parishes marked at the time of the enclosures in the early 19th century are: Althorpe, Belton, Crowle, Epworth, Haxey, Luddington, Owston and Wroot.

Map design © Alex Merrick

The heritage images below illustrate various landmarks, people and activities in Axholme. You can still find many of these places and landmarks, but some no longer exist. Several images are dated, but others were taken at an unknown date in the late 19th and early 20th century. Click on each image to find out more.

Images © North Lincolnshire Museums

Header credit: © Nottingham Manuscript and Special Collections: Detail from coloured plan of Hatfield Chase, surveyed by Josias Aerlebout, 1639, showing the lands allotted to six Participants [HCC 9044]