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Crayke, Yorkshire

Rillington, Yorkshire

Skelmanthorpe, Yorkshire

Weston Rhyn, Shropshire

Pulham St Mary, Norfolk

Stokesley, Yorkshire

Welwick, Yorkshire

Offenham, Worcestershire

Romsley, Worcestershire

Avebury, Wiltshire

Harbury, Warwickshire

Horam, East Sussex

East Harting, West Sussex

Outwood, Surrey

East Clandon, Surrey

Tuddenham, Suffolk

Kersey, Suffolk

Ellenhall, Staffordshire

Edingale, Staffordshire

Stogumber, Somerset

Wedmore, Somerset

Hilton, Shropshire

Diddlebury, Shropshire

Lyddington, Rutland

Empingham, Rutland

Eynsham, Oxfordshire

Reedham, Norfolk

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire

Raglan, Monmouthshire

Harmondsworth, Middlesex

Scopwick, Lincolnshire

Tealby, Lincolnshire

Goadby, Leicestershire

Seagrave, Leicestershire

Harwood, Lancashire

Dolphinholme, Lancashire

Appledore, Kent

Staple, Kent

Lyonshall, Herefordshire

Brimfield, Herefordshire

Whitwell, Isle of Wight

Andreas, Isle of Man

Hambledon, Hampshire

Hatherden, Hampshire

Lisvane, Glamorgan

Netteswell, Essex

Tiptree, Essex

Ansty, Dorset

Hemyock, Devon

Youlgreave, Derbyshire

Longtown, Cumbria

Strickland, Cumbria

Wearhead, County Durham

Washington, County Durham

Kilkhampton, Cornwall

Duloe, Cornwall

Hoylake, Cheshire

Kingsley, Cheshire

Stewkley, Buckinghamshire

Swallowfield, Berkshire

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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