Oct 052021

This month's contributions fell into two broad categories. The first was the use of maps as research sources. Foremost of these was the tithe maps with Dig Up Your Relatives (Sally Prior) @digupyrrelative enthusing about their use in her Wattisfield study, plotting people and places. There was also a lot of love for the National Library of Scotland Maps resource which covers all the UK, not just Scotland - see https://maps.nls.uk. Liz Craig (@WillsmanOneName used the maps associated with the 1910 valuation to support her work on the Luttrell Arms , recorded in https://dunsterancestors.co.uk/2021/06/22/1910-valuation-act-luttrell-arms/.  For those of us whose Studies go back a long way, Alex Cole (@wychwoodnz) recommended a podcast studying medieval maps and monsters, available at https://historyandfolklorepodcast.libsyn.com/medieval-maps-and-monsters. Oh to study a place active in medieval times! Janet Barrie (@Springill_OPS) published two blog prompts with suggestions of maps for those of us who do not have tithe or enclosure maps available: see https://bit.ly/3uEPh29 and https://bit.ly/3gUIT1v.

The second category was the use of maps as research tools. Alex Coles combined pencil and paper and the tithe maps to work out the boundaries of farms in her Wing study whilst Janet Barrie (@Springhill_OPS) plotted the complex rights of way in her Springhill study onto a printout, colour coded to the deeds which helpfully refer to 'the red route' and 'the yellow route'. Julie (@Julie_Gfamily) plotted past and present dwellings on a Google map (https://bit.ly/3m7N9vM). Meanwhile over in Destinations  Fred C Kerr used the plat of his railroad town as the basis for his study of Kerr, North Carolina. Janet Barrie also used the historic OS 1km square containing Springhill as the focus for a historical walk (https://bit.ly/3Ah1nAT)

one square walk map

Outline of 'one square' walk

Julie also managed to link her study of Richard Thompson (https://longbuckbywharf.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/who-was-richard-thompson/) into #OnePlaceMaps by plotting his possible places of abode. she managed to link this blog post, perhaps somewhat creatively, into seven of our monthly blog prompts so this isn't the first time we have referenced this work. It may not be the last...

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