Marking the map

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Found in a Rugeley secondhand shop, an old map. Marked. What the Dickens is going on? Click for a larger version (ignore the grey box watermarks for now).

Whilst shopping in Rugeley just before Christmas, I found a map for sale for a trivial £2 – 1:25000 series OS, it was a rolled sheet for display rather than a folded, conventional edition.

It’s 1947, Sheet 43/00 covering Brownhills, Chasetown, North Aldridge, Pelsall and Stonnall. But what’s interesting isn’t the map – although that’s a gorgeous period piece in itself – it’s the crayon and pencil markings on it.

The hand they were written in looks familiar – have I stumbled on a map once belonging to one of our local historians hereabouts?

Any idea as to what’s going on here, what the markings are and what they’re about?

I’ll feature the whole sheet later today, as soon as the license comes through for the stitching software.

In the meantime, any ideas? Comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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  • Ian

    Hi Bob
    Deasons greetings to all.
    Could it be related to redrawing council/parish boundaries? “Norton Cane needs more work” would seem to suggest something like this. Note the South Staffs rialway is still in LMS ownership.
    Ian.

     
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  • David Evans

    Hi Bob
    what a mystery…here goes..early post WW2 moves to create a centralised Land Registry?

    Is the trig point still there on Shire Oak Hill , approx where the Academy school is now?)

    regards
    David

     
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