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Help and advice for Norfolk Maps

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Norfolk Maps

See also the map of County Boundaries (before 1974).
There may be more Norfolk information in the Genuki/England Maps section.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
February 2006


Guides to using Maps in Research

This is only a small selection from the many publications available.

Foot, William
Maps for Family History: a Guide to the Records of the Tithe, Valuation Office and National Farm Surveys of England and Wales, 1836-1943.
Public Record office Readers' Guide, No. 9.
[ISBN 1873162170, PRO Publications, London, 1994]
Harley, J.B. and Phillips, C.W.
The Historian's Guide to Ordnance Survey Maps.
[British Association for Local History, 1972]
Oliver, Richard
Ordnance Survey Maps: a Concise Guide for Historians.
[Charles Close Society for the Study of OS Maps]

Town and Parish Maps

  • Map of Norfolk Parishes.
    The Norfolk Record Office (NRO) publishes a map of Norfolk, showing all parishes. You will need to search for your parish, though the image is in PDF format and can be enlarged for easier viewing. (The image is 6mb).
  • Norfolk Historical Map Explorer
    Online maps and aerial photographs, including 19th century Ordnance Survey maps, tithe maps, and enclosure maps.
  • Historical Maps of Norfolk Places (Old-Maps - Landmark Information Group)
    Online Ordnance Survey Maps, from 1846 to 1899, for individual towns and parishes.
  • Every Genuki Norfolk parish page has a Nearby places icon at the top. Start at the List of Towns and Parishes and select the town or parish, Then select Nearby places, then on the results page select the grid reference (which looks similiar to this TG400100). You will then see links to several maps.
     
  • Faden's Map of Norfolk 1797
    A topographical map of the county of Norfolk, surveyed and measured in the years 1790-94 by William Faden, at a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile.
       - Norfolk Record Society - Vol 42, Facsimile of 1797 edition, 1973.
       - Lark's Press - Facsimile of 1797 edition. ISBN 0948400099, 2001.
       - Digital Redrawing - Andrew Macnair, 2005.
  • Bryant's Map of Norfolk 1826
    A map of the county of Norfolk, from an actual survey by Arthur Bryant in the years 1824, 1825, and 1826, at a scale of 1.25 inches to 1 mile
       - Lark's Press - Facsimile of 1826 edition. ISBN 0948400714, 2000.
     
  • There are some more specific online maps for towns and parishes, both modern and historical. These are linked from the individual parish pages. Start at the List of Towns and Parishes and select the town or parish, then look under the headings for "Maps", and also under "Description and Travel" for web sites dedicated to the place, as these sometimes include maps.
  • Find a present-day House, Street or Place.

See also the links and information below.


The County of Norfolk: Old Maps

These maps show the whole county, so the scale is very small.

Sites with collections of old maps. Some allow searching; others sell reprints of maps.

Other Publications

Chubb, Thomas, b.1858?
A descriptive list of the printed maps of Norfolk 1574-1916; with bibliographical notes and a tabular index: and a descriptive list of Norwich plans 1541-1914 by Geo. A. Stephen.
[Norwich: Jarrold, 1928]
Cox, Thomas
Magna Britannia et Hibernia, antiqua & nova: or, A new survey of Great Britain.
Vol.3: Containing the counties of London and Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Northumberland
[London, printed by E. and R. Nutt; and sold by T. Cox, 1724]
Frostick, Raymond
The Dutch connection: some Norfolk maps and their makers.
[ISBN 0903181045, Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service, 1988]
Jarrolds
Jarrolds' map of the rivers and broads of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Scale 1:63,360, 1 inch to 1 mile.
[London, Jarrold, 18--?]
Kain, Roger J.P. and Oliver, Richard R.
Historic Parishes of England and Wales.
An Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata.
[ISBN 0954003209, Colchester, History Data Service, 2001]

The County of Norfolk: Modern Maps

Online Maps

The following sites are for searching. They provide area maps, location maps, street maps, postcode searches, etc. You may need to restrict your searches to "England" or "United Kingdom". They will probably show similiar maps to each other. They are listed in alphabetic order.

Ordnance Survey Maps on Paper

Probably the best modern maps to begin with are in the "Landranger" Series. The scale is 1:50,000 (1.25 inches to 1 mile; 2cm to 1km), and each sheet covers approximately a square of 25 miles by 25 miles.

Norfolk is covered by 7 sheets:

  • 131 Lincolnshire and Northwest Norfolk
  • 132 Northwest Norfolk
  • 133 Northeast Norfolk
  • 134 East Norfolk
  • 143 Cambridgeshire and Southwest Norfolk
  • 144 Southwest Norfolk
  • 156 Southeast Norfolk and Suffolk

Then there are maps in the "Pathfinder" Series, which show far more detail, including parish boundaries. The scale is 1:25,000 (about 2.5 inches to 1 mile, or 4cm to 1km). Each sheet covers approximately 12.5 miles east-to-west by 6 miles north-to-south (20x10km).

Norfolk is covered by 6 sheets:

  • 37 Northwest Norfolk and Lincolnshire
  • 38 North Norfolk
  • 45 Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk
  • 46 Central and South Norfolk
  • 47 East Norfolk and East Suffolk
  • 55 Suffolk and South Norfolk