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Mapping your Study

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Capturing the present day

This feature ‘Map Your Study’ goes hand-in-hand with our features ‘Pace Your Place’ & ‘Study Your Map’. Below we give some examples of how some one-placers and others have ‘mapped their study’.

When starting out many one-placers, especially those who do not live near their study place, will first want to understand the location of present-day buildings and features of their place.

This is especially true in small villages where cottages are known by their names rather than numbers.

Having a large scale map and annotating it with information can be extremely helpful in this respect. Some prefer to capture a satellite or aerial view of their place and annotate that. If you do live near your place, or are able to visit,, p;ease read our ‘Pace your Place’ feature.

The first examples (right) appear on the Springhill One-Place Study website and show both of the above approaches being used, one with a delightful twist! On the left-hand map the building names have been annotated. On the right aerial view, the outlines of the buildings have been brilliantly traced by one-placer Janet Barrie, helping to create a lovely three dimensional effect with a key identifying which building is which.

Map Your Study

Study Your Map

Key to the aerial view of Springdale (right): 1. Springhill Farmhouse 2. 2 Springhill Cottages 3. 3 Springhill, now part of Polefield 4. Polefield Cottage 5. The Cottage 6. Rose Cottage 7. Springhill House 8. Sunset View 9. Lawn House 10. The Co, 11. Springhill Cottage 12. Springhill Farm 13. The Bungalow 14. Springhill Lodge

Springhill in Rossendale

Capturing the past

Kingston in Purbeck

Some ideas for mapping your study

Most one-placers are keen to understand how their study places have evolved over the centuries.  

In the ‘Study your map’ section we looked at the benefits of comparing historical maps with each other and with their present day counterparts, in particular as an aid to identifying changes in the study place over time.

For places which have seen very little development over many years, with only the use of buildings changing, one option is just to annotate a present day map or aerial view with information about former uses (see first example for Kingston right).

Many one-placers will be keen to determine the dates when individual buildings were constructed or demolished, and for towns when groups of buildings (such as housing estates or industrial estates) were added. transport links such as railways being built or axed.

The second Kingston example (above right) is from a conservation plan and shows listed buildings and older properties (in black/purple) and more recent additions (in yellow/red). Many of the buildings shown were also on the tithe map of 1845. The key could easily be adapted to show approximate years of construction and even be turned into a slideshow showing the buildings being added as time progresses.

Where exactly was the factory that closed over a hundred years ago? Where was the old post office? Where was the route of the former railway? Can you show these on a map?

The next example (right) is an extract from a beautiful hand-drawn map of Upton Lovell in Wiltshire prepared around.2008.

It is annotated with lots of helpful information. It shows the old post office, the old rectory, the site of the former cloth factory and even the site of the old electricity station. It tells us Ash Walk was known as Queen Street in the 1871 census. It also reveals where the market was held and where the animal pound was.  A great example.

In the next example (below right) from Kinclaven One-Place Study , one-placer Penny Lewis has used the present-day Ordnance Survey OpenSpace mapping tool to plot and annotate the information from the 1911 census. Click on the image to see who lived where for yourself.

Finally, we share two rather unusual approaches - the first uses a tapestry to depict the village and the second uses a wood etching to illustrate the names of fields and property locations!

Let us know about mapping techniques you’ve used. Email us at places@oneplacestudy.org

Images © Janet Barrie

This aerial view (left) is annotated with basic information in yellow and former uses etc. in orange. The 2009 conservation map (right) shows listed buildings in black. Those in purple are mostly early 19th century buildings that are unlisted. Those in red are modern additions not in keeping with the rest of the village and those in yellow are new additions built in traditional cottage style.  

Upton Lovell


Maps with a difference

A tapestry depicting Quidhampton

A wood etching depicting Tyneham

Click on the image above to see for yourself who lived where in Kinclaven in 1911

Image © Wiltshire OPC

Image (right) © Purbeck District Council

A beautiful hand-drawn map of Upton Lovell in Wiltshire

This feature ‘Map Your Study’ project goes hand-in-hand with our features ‘Pace Your Place’ & ‘Study Your Map’.

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