West York­shire Tithe Maps

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There’s lots on the dig­i­tal hori­zon for West York­shire, in­clud­ing a new tithe maps hub ( wytithemaps.org.uk). The site will al­low users to ex­plore tithe maps of Brad­ford from the 1800s, zoom in and out, com­pare them with maps show­ing the area to­day, and ac­cess de­tails of who owned and oc­cu­pied each plot, and what the land was used for. Staff are car­ry­ing out last-minute tweaks and checks ahead of launch, be­fore fur­ther maps and data cov­er­ing the Leeds area are added. There’s also a new re­source from the West York­shire Ar­chae­ol­ogy Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice, sup­ported by His­toric Eng­land, which un­der­took a His­toric Land­scape Char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion Project be­tween 2011 and 2017, cov­er­ing Brad­ford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wake­field. The re­sults are here: wyjs.org.uk/ar­chae­ol­o­gyad­vi­sory/his­toric-land­scape-char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion.

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