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GB 1900 gazetteer
« on: 15 October 2016, 20:23:27 »
From the NLS newsletter: Locate more than 2 million place names from a century ago

Are you interested in searching for places or other written text on detailed maps of England, Scotland and Wales from 1888-1913? This new gazetteer lets you type your chosen place name into a search box. Suggested place names are instantly presented and when you select a name you are then taken to its place on the map. This is the first time that names from the historic OS six-inch-to-the-mile maps can be searched and it is all thanks to the success of the recent GB1900 transcription project. Parish and county names have been added to make the names easier to tell apart and provide locational context. This is an excellent new resource for family and local history.

Search OS six-inch 1888-1913 maps in our Explore Georeferenced Maps viewer.

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It is intended that the GB 1900 gazetteer will form the backbone of a national collection of the country’s historic place-names, comprising everything from the earliest medieval records to the field-names still known to modern farming families.

At the moment they are [were] appealing for help in collecting all the names of places and features in Britain from the Ordnance Survey’s six-inch to a mile maps of around 1900, but eventually this will all  be available for searching and use. They add that "as well as simply recording the names as they appear on these historic maps, we want you to tell us more: do you know stories about the origin of the name, true or family legends".
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