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Landed (Cadastral Maps)

This is a pilot for a project to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire, and revealing change over time. 

The pilot runs from June to October 2017. It focuses on a thin east-west slice of north Lancashire, going from the remains of Cockersands Abbey on the coast, across to the Trough of Bowland. This geographic slice is rural and includes seacoast with salt marsh tidal flats, farmland which has been reclaimed by sea defences, higher farmland, and moorland, including grouse moors. There are north-south transport routes through it including a canal, west coast mainline railway, M6 motorway, A6 major road.

The commissioned artist researchers for this pilot are Rebecca Chesney and Layla Curtis.  

The pilot is the research or information collection stage of the project. The artist researchers will investigate and explore the sources and methods required to produce a cadastral map. 

Most other countries in Europe and the USA have cadastral maps which are fully accessible to the public, but the UK does not. The full project is intended to be an exploration of land ownership mapping in England, taking an area of north Lancashire as an example.