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Early maps of Westmoreland and the West Riding of Yorkshire
The links to the right will take you to other parts of this 'History' section of the website, where you can discover more about the history of the Adamthwaites, and Adamthwaite Farm.
This is one of the Sections of this website where I regularly report new discoveries, so do come back often to see what's new!
1756 map of England, showing location of Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh
1770 map of Ravenstonedale area (reproduced with permission of Kendal Records Office). I knew there was something strange about this map - if you compare it with the final map on the list you will see that the stream passing through Adamthwaite has been shown flowing uphill! - it actually flows in a southerly direction and joins up with the Rawthey)
1770 map of Kirkby Stephen and Brough area (reproduced with permission of Kendal Records Office)
an early map of Westmoreland (date and source unknown, but probably later than 1770)
c1845 Map of Westmoreland by J Archer - a steel engraving for Dugdale's England and Wales Delineated
map of part of Westmoreland and part of Yorkshire Dales - beautifully engraved, but undated. The inclusion of a section of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway may date the map to around 1861 when this line was opened, as it changed its name to the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1863. I suspect it is the earliest Ordnance Survey map of the area which was apparently produced in about 1860. This is a VERY large image and will take some time to load, but the detail is brilliant. The original map is in my possession, so if anyone would like a more detailed copy of any section, please let me know
I have been unable to locate Tithe Maps for the parish of Ravenstonedale at the National Archives - perhaps because of its status as a 'peculiar' parish or perhaps they have simply not survived. Following on from the Sedbergh Tithe maps, in our Photo Gallery, you can also see a current photograph of the whole of the area to the east of Sedbergh, marked with the locations of some of the properties mentioned on the Tithe Maps. Paula took this photo from Crook on Winder in February 2008, looking eastwards towards Garsdale and she has labelled it with the various Adamthwaite homes - you will need to click on the image to see the full size photo in a new window (which will take some time to load as it is a large file) and then scroll across and down to find the various properties. Paula also provided a sketch map showing the locations of the various farms. You can find many of these farms on the OS Explorer Map for Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.
Note: some of these maps are large files and may take some download, depending on the speed of your connection - please be patient
Some interesting links for maps held at Rootsweb.com:
Westmor Land. 1626 John Bill in An Abridgment of Camden's Britannia – map and description of Westmorland
Westmoreland. 1695 Robert Morden in Camden's "Britannia" – look at the final map on this page ... if this map is accurate, it would appear that Adamthwaite farm was then located in an area then covered by Mallerstang Forest
The Road from London to Carlisle commencing at the Chester Road(Darlaston Bridge,Staffs) 1766 London Magazine ... who needs a satellite navigation system with a map like this?
Westmoreland 1860. Robert Creighton, engr. J. & C. Walker for Lewis's Topographical Dictionary
Another source of information, including a number of maps, can be found on the Genuki site:
If the WESTMORELAND page on Genuki is not already on your list of favourites, take a look at all the information they have. This month (January 2009) a new map has been added which will help you to understand where all the parishes are. Each parish also has its own page of local information, with the relevant section of the map included.