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      Crowd-Sourced Cartography to Visualise the Forgotten: Mapping Britain’s Corpse Roads

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014)

      8 - 10 July 2014

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          Abstract

          Now it is the time of night

          That the graves all gaping wide

          Every one lets forth its sprite

          In the church-way paths to glide Thus speaks Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act V Scene 1). The reference is to the ad hoc network of ‘corpse roads’ which sprang up across Britian in the medieval period, when one of the primary means parish churches had of maintaining their control over outlying settlements was to insist on burials in their own consecrated grounds. Thus, funeral processions from the outlying areas had to go across country with the coffin. In many areas these routes took on great folkloric significance; and as late as the early twentieth century it was still (erroneuosly) believed that if a coffin passed over private land then the path it took became a public right of way.

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          July 2014
          July 2014
          : 176
          Affiliations
          Department of Digital Humanities,

          King’s College, London

          26-29 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RL
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          10.14236/ewic/EVA2014.41
          © Stuart Dunn. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014), London, UK

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          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2014)
          EVA
          London, UK
          8 - 10 July 2014
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
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