The Millenium Trail
The Local History Room
The CLHS Journal
Historical Map Resources
Benjamin Ferrey - A Biographical Note
Events Programme 2008/09
VE Day Remembered
Books and Publications
A.W.N. Pugin and Christchurch I
A.W.N. Pugin and Christchurch II
Articles from the Journal I
Articles from the Journal II
Articles from the Journal III
The Goldwyers of Somerford
Message Board and Guestbook - How To Use Them
Links for Christchurch Local History Society
A Brief Guide to Historical Map Resources on the Internet
|The links below give you access to images of historical maps that you can view on your PC. Some of these sites also feature photographs and other images. Find out where your ancestors used to live or check out what Christchurch looked like over a hundred years ago.|
Landmark provides access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive. To locate a map, enter a place name, address or co-ordinate (OS Grid Reference) then click the search button. These maps are at the 6 inch to one mile or 1:10560 scale and show individual houses and boundaries. Presently the site contains First Edition Ordnance Survey plans; i.e. Hampshire c. 1871 and Dorset c. 1885.
Dorset Coast Digital Archive
Dorset Coast Digital Archive (DCDA) aims to reflect the cultural heritage, natural environment and local history of the Dorset coast area. The coverage is inconsistent; Bournemouth receives good coverage, whilst Christchurch seems to be virtually ignored! Recently upgraded to include many maps of the Bournemouth area, the site suffers from poor labelling (e.g. dates). A rather hap-hazard method of scanning in the maps means that most of the images are useless for any ‘real’ research. Never the less, the site is good for a general ‘browse’. Use the image search facility for best results.
This Hantsweb site is compiled by Martin and Jean Norgate and provides copious images of historical mapping for Hampshire in the pre-railway age. Christchurch is depicted on many of the maps; e.g. from Saxton 1575 to Greenwood 1823. Whilst the image resolution is excellent, the small scale often means that individual buildings are not generally depicted. The site is very well researched and thoroughly recommended.
Vision of Britian
Vision of Britain provides information about Britain between 1801 and 2001, including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions. It allows you to enter a place or postcode for your location of interest and feeds back a wide range of information on a number of different themes. The historical map data is at a scale of 1: 63360, which means that individual houses are not depicted. However, there are three types of map included; 1940’s topography, 1870s topography and 1930s Land Utilisation - all of which provide a useful insight into your location of interest.
National Library of Scotland
Whilst not of relevance to Christchurch, this site does provide an excellent example of what can be achieved on the Internet. This site hosts large scale Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland. Explore Victorian Edinburgh and Glasgow from your armchair!