Digitised Enclosure Map Project

A brilliant local history mapping tool is now available online. Following completion of the Hanley Castle digitised mapping project by Maggie Noke of the Worcestershire Historic Environment Service, as part of The Hanleys’ Village Society’s Heritage Lottery grant, it is now possible to zoom in on any site in the parish and see its boundaries and any building on it at the time of the 1795 Enclosure Act.

Then at the click of a mouse, transparent layers from other historic maps can be superimposed to show how the 18th century layout compares with parish maps drawn in 1812, 1852, 1903 and the modern Ordinance Survey. Double clicking on a particular spot brings a close-up outline of the parcel of land, together with whatever description was noted at the time of the Enclosure Award in 1797.

In addition, the Lechmere-Hornyold exchange map of 1873 can be substituted for the 1797 map to show the lands that were exchanged between the two families to consolidate their respective holdings in the east and west of the parish.

The website can be found at http://gis.worcestershire.gov.uk/website/HanleyCastleMapping/
and a guide to using the site in pdf format can be downloaded by clicking here

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