Landed (Cadastral Maps)
Our current work 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.
It focuses on a thin west-east slice of north Lancashire, from the remains of Cockersand Abbey on the coast, across upper Wyre, to the Trough of Bowland. This geographic slice 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, A6 road, west coast mainline railway, and the M6 motorway. Maps showing the location are here.
This pilot is the research or information collection stage of the project. The artist researchers are investigating and exploring the sources and methods required to produce cadastral maps of the area. They have been gathering information from the Land Registry, various archives, conversations with local people, plus walking and cycling through the area.
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.