Much of the history and changing shape of the moors can be best illustrated and learned from historic mapping. These are our primary historical resources, taken from surveys over the years, where we see roads and waterways added, farmsteads disappearing, and landscapes changing not quite beyond recognition.
Click any of the maps below for a zoom view…
Yates Map of 1786 was the first detailed mapping of Lancashire:
Hennet Maps – George Hennet surveyed in 1828-29 and released his maps in 1830, he only mapped Lancashire to my knowledge:
Another Hennet Map:
Greenwood Edition maps were the first that could be classed as “high quality”:
Ordnance Survey First Edition mapping was useful but not of the detail we are used to now. It is still worth looking at for historic purposes as the accuracy is renowned: