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Giant map unveiled

Chair of the Haddenham Museum Trust Alan Rose with the eight foot map at the museum (Credit: haddenham.net)

Chair of the Haddenham Museum Trust Alan Rose with the eight foot map at the museum (Credit: haddenham.net)

An 8ft map showing the ownership of land in a Vale village has been unveiled at a museum.

The map, on display at Haddenham Museum, shows the ownership and tenancy of all strips of land in the village from 1820.

Alan Rose, chair of the Haddenham Museum Trust put the map together.

He said: “I got a copy of the map from the Rochester Archives and the details of who owned each strip of land from the archive in Aylesbury.

“Then it was really a case of combining the two sets of information together.”

Alan said he found it very interesting to see how land was allocated when he put the map together.

He said: “Back then, we had a population of 1,200 and 65 people occupied some land.

“A lot of land belonged to wealthy people like the Lord of the Manor and the Dean of the Chapel.”

Alan said the map, which covers 3,000 acres of land, took him two years to put together.

He said: “If there was one thing I learnt from this it was that not as many people occupied land as I previously thought.”

The map is displayed on a specially designed unit in the museum, which has been constructed by trustee Ken Perry.

If you would like to see the map, it is available to view at the museum which is located in the Old Schoolroom behind the Methodist Church in the High Street.

It is open on Tuesday mornings between 10am and 12noon and Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 4.30pm.

 

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