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New book looks at old maps of region
11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014 in News
Haworth historian Steven Wood has turned from photographs to maps for his latest book.
The paperback follows Steven’s two previous books for the same publisher, Amberley, containing 600 historic photographs of the villages.
Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury From Old Maps features informative maps dating from 1610 to 1937.
They range from Ordnance Survey and County maps to Board of Health plans, the Haworth tithe map and church, waterworks, railway and road plans.
The Haworth Village House Repopulation Plan is republished over several pages, showing the names of every family in every household in the village in 1856, including the Reverend Patrick Brontë.
A spokesman for Amberley Publishing said the repopulation plan provided the most detailed view ever of the Haworth that the Brontës knew.
She added: “Between them, the maps and the accompanying text reveal many details of the history of Haworth and its neighbouring villages.
“They can also serve as a guide to the use of maps in local history studies.”
Mr Wood grew up in the Keighley area and has lived in Haworth for more than 20 years.
He spent his working life in hospital and university laboratories, and after retiring 17 years ago devoted himself to the study of the Haworth area.
He carries out extensive walking and field work in the upper Worth Valley and has spent hundreds of hours of research in libraries and archive offices.
Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury From Old Maps costs £14.99 from Amberley Publishing, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (01453) 847800.
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