Much Wenlock, 6 inch to 1 mile

Much Wenlock inches to 1 mile



Sheet size: 550 mm x 400 mm. Scale: 6 inches = 1 mile
Shropshire Archives ref: X8989/2/3

This sheet covers the area from Much Wenlock northwards almost to the River Severn and westwards to Harley. Water is tinted blue and this picks out the Harley Brook which forms a major feature from south-west to north central and helps to identify Wenlock Edge. In the east runs the Much Wenlock and Severn Junction Railway, depicted with exact widths and also showing signals, goods sheds and the station.

The 6 inch series contains a great deal of detail. Even though the line-work is fine the map seems rather crowded, so that a magnifying glass is useful. The function of buildings – mills, smithies, tanneries, schools and so on – can be seen and there is also information on antiquities and land-use, such as woodland, quarries and limekilns. Field boundaries are shown and, for the first time, contours lines are used to depict physical relief, with an interval of 100 feet. This makes this series particularly useful since the 1:2,500 equivalents have only spot heights. Otherwise, the information is basically the same as for the 25 inch plans and the early 6 inch maps were in fact direct photographic reproductions. This method was abandoned by 1895 and the maps were redrawn. Plot numbers and acreages were omitted, boundaries removed in congested areas and buildings were shown in a more generalised manner in heavily built-up areas. For purposes of local research, this scale is almost as good as the 1:2,500 for rural areas and is useful because of the larger area covered and the presence of contours. It is also valuable because it is the same scale as most of the field name maps, based on tithe maps, and some geology maps.

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