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Taylor's Map of Hampshire 1759


Taylor's Map of Hampshire 1759 


The website for Old Hampshire Maps and Other Historic Resources is a most excellent source of information which I often refer to. 

I normally click on the top left icon, Old Hampshire Mapped, but believe that the one next to it on the right is more extensive and gets to the same maps and more.

This section could be called an indulgence to my lifelong fascination with maps and travel. Maps can tell you so much more than just how to get from A to B. Maps over time add to so much more. 

 In particular this is to do with Taylor's Map of Hampshire 1759, but as a whole, not just the subject settlement or parish which is the normal focus of my attention.

If you are looking at this via an article about Eling you may notice that the first two maps are part of Section 33 with the focus on Eling, repeated here as an example of the use of Taylor's Hampshire Map.



Taylor's Hampshire 1759

 Sections - An example in use.

Taylor's Hampshire 1759 - Section 33.


Taylor s Hampshire 1759 Section 33

Circled in green, Grove Place, in Nursling, is not part of this story, but does get a mention elsewhere on this site. Eling, the settlement, circled in blue, is the centre of attention. Eling the parish, takes up a large portion of the map, and the Hundred of Redbridge takes up even more. Extending to Romsey

Copped Thorn Common and Copped Thorn are circled in red, and turn up later in our story, under a slightly changed name.

 Taylor s Hampshire 1759 Section 33 Eling

 I will have to look up house 440 at Poltons. It is interesting that Great Testwood carries the same number. Poltons is now known as Paultons Park - Home of Peppa Pig World. How things change.

The estate can be traced back to 1086 where the ‘Paulet’ manor was in the possession of Glastonbury Abbey. The house became derelict and burned down in a great fire on 5 November 1963. Click the link to read about the Estate's History.



The whole of the map


 The map below is just an indulgence. The original Taylor's map of Hampshire was in six sheets. Form the source website I created 48 map tiles, and then used technology to stitch them together. This is the result. As a whole map you can see the skill and the decoration, as well as the cartography in the details.

It is a shame that Microsoft Deep Zoom is no longer available as that would have potentially provided almost endless zoom into the above map whilst still allowing the website to function.  On the original, I can zoom in to 300% and see every detail. Note bad for a stitched piece of work.

I will try to find an alternative way. Which I think I may have done, hopefully without slowing the page down too much. As well as this Genealogy website I have a Photography website hosted on SmugMug, which is a commercial site for professional photographers, but I just use it to host my photos. The price list just comes with the hosting.

Initially it may look the same as the one above, as it tries to fit the screen, but click on it and it will open in SmugMug and then you will be surprised exactly how far you can zoom in until it starts to get a bit blurry. So far it opens in the same window, so please not forget to come back, or open a duplicate window. However, as nice as it is to see the map whole, with all the associated artistry and decoration, if looking for detail, it is best to revert to the original website and find the Section you need. Even clearer images, just in 48 tiles. That is how I will set about recreating the list of Gentlemans Names, below. The whole map will help with the location of the section, and the section on the website will be the source of the transcription.

When I created the 48 tiles I had to zoom to 33% to get the whole tile within the screen size for a screen shot. If I repeated the exercise with a much larger screen and the images on full screen, therefore less reduction, the resultant whole map may well be better, but it would still be stitched. Also, it is good to refer to the original site for the detailed sections, after all, it is their work that enabled this. 


ArcGIS Story Map

Using the information in the abovementioned spreadsheet, I have also created an ESRI / ArcGIS Story Map which shows the location of the places of abode, indicated by numbers on Taylor's map, on a modern map. Follow the link to go directly to Taylor's Map of Hampshire 1759 and the places associated with the List of Gentlemen or see the slightly squeezed version embedded below.

Sorry, to be a stand alone item, it does repeat some of the above, but has new stuff as well.


Barton Stacey - Hampshire


Barton Stacey, near Winchester - Hampshire

First thing to note is that Ralph of Mortimer, one of the land owners in Barton Stacey, is a name found in my Family Tree, but as Ralph de Mortimer, BIRTH 1158 • Wigmore, Herefordshire, England, DEATH 24 JUN 1214 • Hereford, Herefordshire, England. Also, Ralph DeMortimer 1082–1104 BIRTH 1082 • Wigmore, Herefordshire, England DEATH 1104 • Ludlow, Hertfordshire, England. So clearly not the same people, but possibly the same family. Of the same period, I have Roger DeMortimer of the conquest, 1042–1090 BIRTH 1042 • St Victor En Caux Castle, Pais De Caux, Normandy, France DEATH 1090 • England. The last is 6th great-grandfather of spouse of wife of 4th cousin 24x removed, which equates to over 1000 years.

Collectively, Ralph of Mortimer was;

  • Tenant-in-chief in 1086: to 143 seperate places
  • Lord in 1086: to 109 separate places

That is a lot of properties.

Lord pays taxes to Tenant-in-chief, who in turn pays taxes to the King.


Lands did not change hands just due to the Norman Conquest. Another cause was the Revolt of the Earls in 1075 which was a rebellion of three earls against William I of England (William the Conqueror). It was the last serious act of resistance against William in the Norman Conquest. Understandably a lot of change in ownership between 1066 and 1086.



Barton [Stacey] was a settlement in Domesday Book, in the hundred of Barton and the county of Hampshire.

It had a recorded population of 51.5 households in 1086, putting it in the largest 20% of settlements recorded in Domesday, and is listed under 3 owners in Domesday Book.



Land of King William


  • Households: 28 villagers. 47 smallholders. 8 slaves. 6 freedmen.

Land and resources 

  • Ploughland: 25 ploughlands. 5 lord's plough teams. 18 men's plough teams.
  • Other resources: Meadow 37 acres. Woodland 80 swine render. 3 mills, value 2 pounds 2 shillings and 5 pence.


  • Annual value to lord: 33 pounds in 1086; 38 pounds 8 shillings and 2 pence when acquired by the 1086 owner; 38 pounds 8 shillings and 2 pence in 1066.


Other information 








Land of Ralph of Mortimer


  • Households: 1 villager. 5 smallholders. 1 slave.

Land and resources 

  • Ploughland: 2 ploughlands.
  • Other resources: Meadow 6 acres.


  • Annual value to lord: 1 pound 10 shillings in 1086; 1 pound 10 shillings when acquired by the 1086 owner; 3 pounds in 1066.


Other information 

  • Phillimore reference: Hampshire 29,2



Land of Walter son of Roger

Land and resources 

  • Other resources: 1 church.


  • Annual value to lord: 15 shillings in 1086.


Other information 

  • Phillimore reference: Hampshire 47,1

Eling, Hampshire


Eling, Hampshire

Eling a small village and town, as well as a large parish on the banks of the River Test opposite Southampton, and adjacent to the New Forest, in the county of Hampshire, sometimes known as Southamptonshire, or County of Southampton. 

Bronze Age 1500BC

A Bronze Age Settlement to the North of the Town was discovered when the Testwood Lakes were excavated. A jetty, bridge and dagger were all found dating from that period.

The town has a history back to before Bronze Age times. It is thought the name Eling probably derives from Edlas’s people, or Edlingas as it appeared in the Domesday Book.

Catchment area for St Michael´s School Lambeth


Catchment area for St Michael´s School Lambeth

St Michael´s School, Admission and Discharge Register for Infants

Saint Michael's School (0183) opened in or before 1903. Closed or reorganised in 196?

One of the hints for John Robert Hammett, b 1869 has an entry for Elizabeth Hammett attending St Michael's School according to London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911. 


Elizabeth Hammett St Michaels School


Elizabeth Hammett was admitted to St Michael's School on 30 June 1908, Admission Number 602. Her date of birth was 3 August 1904. She was 3 years, 10 months, 28 days. Understandably she had not previously attended a different school. Elizabeth left St. Michael's school on 29 March 1912, when she was 7 years, 7 months, 27 days old, to go to St Andrew's School, having attended St Michael's for a period of 3 years, 9 months.

The same record states the name of parent or guardian as being John, and in the absence any other information, presumably he is John Hammett. There is no indication the this John Hammett is the same person of the same name in my tree. Additional information and records are required to make that link. The address is difficult to interpret.  However, by reviewing a lot of the entries in the record set and working with the National Library of Scotland Ordnance Survey Map, 25". I think the address as written is 15 Ingleboro' St. which I believe to be 15 Ingleborough Street.

Part of Ingleborough Street still exists, as can be seen on the Google Maps below.


Catchment area for St Michaels School Lambeth

An image from Google Earth with a layer produced within  National Library of Scotland Ordnance Survey Map, 25". The roads marked in yellow are recorded as addresses for some of the children St Michael´s School, Admission and Discharge Register for Infants. The road coloured blue is Ingleborough Street. The area surrounded in red is an approximation of the Catchment area for St Michael´s School Lambeth. I created the area to help locate the roads I found in the register on the OS 25" map, Having an area helps me from drifting outside a reasonable search area.

I have tried to embed the Google Earth in this site but so far no luck, so the above is a screenshot.

Below are some screenshots of the source, OS Map 25".

Roads in St Michaels Schools register 1

Roads in St Michaels Schools register 2

Roads in St Michaels Schools register 3 

Inglebrough Street Lambeth


 Using the old maps helps with the street names of the period of the register.





Messingham, Lincolnshire

The primary reason for starting to look into Massingham was the 1851 Census which includes Harold Huteson, one of my Wife's ancestors.

To try to locate his residence in 1851 I have so far spent a couple of weeks creating a spreadsheet of all the entries of the 1851 Census for the Parish of Messingham, to which is added additional information including location.

This is the point that I decided to separate the articles, to create a 'place article' for Maessingham.


What is the relevance of this current Google Maps image of a house, I hear you ask?

Fire Insurance Plans of London


Fire Insurance Plans of London

Part of a collection at the British Library.

However, it always takes me a long time to find the sheet I want so this is going to be a collection of the Key sheets to aid that process.

Insurance Plan of City of London Vol. I: Key Plan

Shelfmark: Maps 145.b.22.(.1)

Scale: Inches

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: [1:480]. 40 ft = 1 inch. and [1:2400]. 200 ft = 1 inch.

This "key plan" indicates coverage of the Goad 1886 series of fire insurance maps of London that were originally produced to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks. The building footprints, their use (commercial, residential, educational, etc.), the number of floors and the height of the building, as well as construction materials (and thus risk of burning) and special fire hazards (chemicals, kilns, ovens) were documented in order to estimate premiums. Names of individual businesses, property lines, and addresses were also often recorded. Together these maps provide a rich historical shapshot of the commercial activity and urban landscape of towns and cities at the time. The British Library holds a comprehensive collection of fire insurance plans produced by the London-based firm Charles E. Goad Ltd. dating back to 1885. These plans were made for most important towns and cities of the British Isles at the scales of 1:480 (1 inch to 40 feet), as well as many foreign towns at 1:600 (1 inch to 50 feet).



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