Extracts from Study of A Landed Estate(revised Leaving Cert)
(from Geographical Exploration:Investigating
Ireland's heritage. Publ. 2004The heritage Council pp145-146)
(from Geographical Exploration:Investigating Ireland's heritage. Publ. 2004The heritage Council pp145-146)
estates have played a major role in the development of rural
(Patterns and Processes in the Human Environment) of the Revised Leaving Certificate.
Aims and hypothesis
.To establish the reasons for the location of the house and its relationship with the town by plotting in the main streets, buildings and topography on a blank map along a walking route;
To survey the origins of the house's building materials, furniture and fittings;
To evaluate the role of a landed estate in local tourism;
To sample the impact of tourism on a landed estate.
Planning: Preparation of work to be carried out
1:50,000 OS map of the area in question (available in newsagents).
1:5,000 Town Plan available from libraries or the Town/County Council.
Maps of the estate and town/village over time showing the gradual development of the area. The local or county library usually keeps such records. In addition books detailing the history of the estate and town may be available there.
Opening times/seasons, booking arrangements, availability of a guide, entry charge;
.Plan of walking route.
.Drafting an inventory sheet to record origins of building materials,
furniture and fittings. .Drafting of traffic survey sheets to
record car and pedestrian traffic entering the estate. .Drafting a questionnaire
survey form to collect information from tourists and guidelines
for survey methods.
.Camera camcorder to record evidence of economic/recreational activities on the estate.
Collection of Data
Activity 1 involves mapping out the major human and physical features of the town/village to try and
establish the reasons for the location of the house and the layout of the town/village. On our A3 size
blank map of the area we marked in all the important buildings and topographical features along our planned walking route. Heights at various points are marked on the town plan or OS map.
Activity 2 involves sampling the building materials, furniture and fittings of the house to try and establish their local, national or international origins which we felt was important in heritage appreciation. This activity is undertaken on a tour of the interiors of the house. Using an inventory sheet and information from a guide, record the origins of items.
Before beginning, make sure you have the permission of the estate owner/manager. You will need their help to complete the inventory sheet