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Mapping your Study
Capturing the present day
When starting out many one-
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-
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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
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).
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-
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-
Finally, we share two rather unusual approaches -
Let us know about mapping techniques you’ve used. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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-
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