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Crayke, Yorkshire

Rillington, Yorkshire

Stokesley, Yorkshire

Welwick, Yorkshire

Avebury, Wiltshire

Harbury, Warwickshire

Horam, East Sussex

Outwood, Surrey

East Clandon, Surrey

Tuddenham, Suffolk

Kersey, Suffolk

Stogumber, Somerset

Wedmore, Somerset

Hilton, Shropshire

Diddlebury, Shropshire

Lyddington, Rutland

Empingham, Rutland

Eynsham, Oxfordshire

Reedham, Norfolk

Raglan, Monmouthshire

Scopwick, Lincolnshire

Tealby, Lincolnshire

Goadby, Leicestershire

Harwood, Lancashire

Appledore, Kent

Staple, Kent

Andreas, Isle of Man

Hambledon, Hampshire

Hatherden, Hampshire

Lisvane, Glamorgan

Netteswell, Essex

Tiptree, Essex

Ansty, Dorset

Hemyock, Devon

Youlgreave, Derbyshire

Longtown, Cumbria

Strickland, Cumbria

Kilkhampton, Cornwall

Duloe, Cornwall

Hoylake, Cheshire

Kingsley, Cheshire

Inkpen, Berkshire

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Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture

The Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) contains the archives of the Survey of English Dialects (SED) that ran from the 1950s to early 1960s, and the University of Leeds’s Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies (IDFLS) that operated 1964-1983. Together they represent a record of dialect, culture, beliefs and ways of life in rural England from the late 19th-20th centuries.

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The Survey of English Dialects

The Survey of English Dialects was a survey of people from more than 300 different towns and villages, undertaken by researchers from the University of Leeds during the 1950s and 60s. It intended to make a permanent record of English dialects as they were spoken at the time.

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