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Welcome Back

The History Centre is now open and we look forward to welcoming you back to the search rooms. Watch this video to find out about the changes we have made to our procedures and remember, all visits must now be pre-booked. The booking form can be found on our Visiting the History Centre pages. Opening hours are 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday. We are closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Archived maps

Different kinds of maps survive in considerable numbers from the 17th century. The principal categories are commercial, estate, enclosure, tithe and Ordnance Survey. There is no common scale to these maps until the arrival of the Ordnance Survey in the 19th century. Most important of all the coverage is uneven until the Ordnance Survey, and therefore what maps may exist for one village or town will not necessarily be available for another.

For further details of what we hold please consult our catalogue.

Please note that this catalogue will be useful for estate maps, tithe maps and enclosure maps but will not include the published Ordnance Survey series.

Bapton in Fisherton Delamere, 1742
An example of an early 18th century estate map. Maps such as these would usually be accompanied by a book of reference, containing details of land ownership or occupation, which may also survive and be held in the archives.
 

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