Copies of two old maps of Bishop Burton are attached below together with notes that explain their origin and interpretation.

Notes on 1927 Ordnance Survey Map

The two maps of ‘Bishop Burton East’ and ‘Bishop Burton West’ comprise the central part of a much larger Ordnance Survey map, EDITION OF 1927: YORKSHIRE [East Riding] SHEET CCX.6. The caption reads:

Printed and Published by the Director General at the Ordnance Survey Office, Southampton, 1927. The altitudes of bench marks and surface heights are given in Feet above the mean level of the sea at Newlyn, and are based on the revised primary levelling of 1912-21. Altitudes indicated thus (B.M. 54.7) refer to bench marks on buildings, walls, etc, those marked (+) preceded or followed by the height, to surface levels.

Scale 1/2500 being 25.344 Inches to a Statute Mile or 208.33 Feet to One Inch.

Every parcel [of land] is numbered thus 27
Its area is given underneath in Acres thus 4.370
Braces indicating that the spaces so connected are included in the same reference number and area.

For readers who like a challenge, here is a note about the units used on the maps. The calculation, copied from the map, gives an idea of the complicated calculations that we used to have to master before we were introduced to the simplicity of decimalisation!

Note: To convert Decimal parts of an Acre into Roods and Perches, multiply by 4, this will give Roods and Decimals of a Rood, multiply this decimal by 40 thus obtaining Perches and Decimals of a Perch.
Example: .357 = 1 Rood 17.120 Perches [.357 x 4 = 1.428 Roods; 1.428 x 40 = 17.120 Perches]

Readers may like to compare the village in 1927 to the one we know now.

Notes on 1860 Plan of the Village of Bishop Burton

I found this map some years ago in the archives at the University of Hull. I believe it dates to about 1860, although this does not appear on the paper copy I have. The map is really a sketch so it does not have the detail and accuracy of an Ordnance Survey map. The scale, which does not appear on the scanned image, reads:

Scale 7 Chains to an Inch

For readers who are not versed in Imperial units, a chain is 22 yards, the length of a cricket pitch, which is 20.117 metres, so 7 chains is 154 yards, or 140.818 metres. Nothing was easy before decimalisation!

There are some interesting features on the map (excluding the smudge on the left):

• None of the roads or streets is named.
• There is a building and what appears to be an adjoining enclosure next to The Mere; now, it would be in the middle of the main road.
• The Green appears to be continuous, as the York to Beverley road is not indicated around The Mere.
• Johnson’s Pond that is now on the north side of The Green is not shown.
• Several small ponds are shown, including a long narrow one in Bryan Mere – hence the name, presumably, and the sheep dip opposite the Altisidora.
• The church is shown as a sketch, unlike all the other buildings, which are shown more conventionally.
• There are many houses missing that would appear on modern maps
• The plots of land are numbered and their areas are given as, for example, 1.2.8, which means 1 Acre, 2 Roods, 8 Perches (strictly this should be square perches).

Readers may like to scrutinise the map for other features.

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