The places database is complementary to the catalogue database. It highlights extensive or particularly significant content in the catalogue records. Place records may not be linked to every occurrence of a place in the catalogue database, in instances where the place occurs more than once in the same collection. The database describes places in a standardised form (unlike the catalogue database, where the vocabulary is uncontrolled). Place names are entered with different elements, from the most local building or street (place name), via
  • Civil or Ecclesiastical Parish
  • City or Town
  • Historic County
  • Country (unless the place is in England, which is assumed)
Consequently, the same geographic name may appear more than once in the places database. For example, there is a record for the whole county of Oxfordshire, but also a number of records for places within Oxfordshire. Places may also appear more than once in the database to represent changes in administrative structures over time. Note that parishes are usually treated as names, since Lambeth Palace Library records most often deal with aspects of local history relating to ecclesiastical administration (e.g. the appointment of clergy). However, where documents relate to more general aspects of a locality (e.g. landownership), they may be indexed as places. Similarly, where documents relate to the physical structure of a building (e.g. a photograph of a cathedral), they have records in the places database; but where the structure is really referred to as an institution (e.g. the administration of a cathedral), the entry will be made in the names database.
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