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 What's On in Horsham

November 2007

West Sussex Record Office Tithe Maps Project

West Sussex Record Office holds a copy of a Tithe Map for almost every parish in the County. These maps are invaluable as a source of historical and geographical information for official and unofficial purposes. As a consequence, they are very heavily used and over a long period of time have become damaged and somewhat fragile.

In order to continue to provide access to them by researchers without causing further damage, the maps have been ‘digitised’ and are now available for viewing on a computer. It is also possible to purchase copies of the maps on CD. This project has predominately been made possible through Heritage Lottery funding.

Each Tithe Map has a companion document called the Apportionment. This contains the information about the owners and occupiers of each property as well as land use. The second stage of the project is to transfer the information contained in the Apportionments onto a database so that it can be viewed in conjunction with the maps.  The Record Office is seeking volunteers from around the County who would be willing to help carry out this huge task. For those who are willing, it will be an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of map conservation, palaeography (reading of old writing), computer skills and local history. It is also hoped that the exercise will stimulate a greater interest in local history by both individuals and groups.

Anyone who is interested in contributing to the project would be welcome at one (or more) of the meetings to be held at the Record Office on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 24th October at 2.15pm and 7pm

  • Tuesday, 6th November at 2.15pm

  • Thursday, 22nd November at 2.15pm and 7pm

For further information, please contact:

Gillian Edom
Tithe Maps Project Assistant
West Sussex Record Office,
County Hall,
CHICHESTER,
West Sussex,
PO19 1RN

Tel: 01243 753622/753602
Email: gillian.edom@westsussex.co.uk

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