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Historical OSI Map - Identifying a Feature

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking at historical Ordnance Survey maps of my area and I'm trying to identify a particular feature.

    There are 2 maps (see attachment) - the first is a 6" map resulting from surveys done between 1829 and 1842 and the second is a 25" map dating from between 1887 and 1913.

    As you can see the feature changes between the first and second surveys. Is it some type of ring fort in the first map? It looks very regular. All that remains today is half a mound topped by trees.

    Any ideas or has anyone come across anything similar?

    All input appreciated...


  • Hmmm....Interesting.......any chance of a broader screen shot, or the coordinates? The wider view could add a bit of context.

  • can you give us the link of the map

  • It could be a C19th garden feature, a motte or a rath although perhaps a little small for the latter. It could be any number of things.

    Very difficult to say with so little information.

  • Yes context required, but looks like something connected with a formal garden. Maybe a fountain that got abandoned? If it was an antiquity there would be a name beside it.

    So post a link to the map on the osi website and you'll get a better range of answers.

  • There are thousands of unmarked antiquities on the 1st ed. mapping series. The absence of annotation to that effect does not preclude this feature from being an early earthwork.
    It could just as easily date from the Bronze Age as the C19th.

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  • Click the Historic Layers option on the right. Toggle everything on and click Apply. If there's something unusual in the vicinity a red dot and label indicating what it is will display.

    Then post the url here to sate everyone's curiosity.