In the field and want to know the local history?

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I downloaded this app a while ago on my iPad. Bit pointless really as I’ve wanted to use it in the field more than once but didn’t have it on my phone!

Anyway it’s called ‘History of English Places’ and comes from the brilliant Victoria County Histories (VCH) people. The app is free to use in the format and with the functionality I’m showing here. (You can get a lot more detail on each place for a subscription of £1.99 a month or £9.99 a year. Personally I wouldn’t bother but I already have copies of VCH local history books, and they are free to download anyway.)

You can get the app on Play Store and the App Store.

What does it offer? It immediately opens in your current location (if location services are enabled of course!) and shows an old map of your location. There’s a slider on the right that lets you transition to a hybrid old map/ modern satellite image and, if you keep going, to full satellite. It also gives a brief summary of the history of the nearest location.
You can also search for any area to get the same info there. Worth a download! Full description is provided below the photos too!

Here’s the view you open with (remember they get bigger if you click on the images)
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50:50 old map and satellite
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Modern satellite image of the area
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Additional brief history
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The History of English Places is a map-based smartphone app for discovering the rich history of places in England. Information is drawn from the Topographical Dictionary of England (Lewis, 1848) and the place-by-place histories of the Victoria County History (VCH), published between 1901 and the present day. You can navigate the map and its location pins to explore the short nineteenth-century descriptions of England’s villages, towns and cities, as well as the more recent detailed histories produced by the Victoria County History. The app can also recognise your location, to show the histories of places near you.

For the first time, you can explore the rich, detailed histories produced by the VCH in their geographical context, and discover the past of places around you when you’re out and about. Whether you’re interested in family history, house history, local history, or learning more about historic places as a visitor, the English Places app can help and inform.

The descriptions of places are presented according to historic place-names, or the names of parishes (the historic English settlement / administrative unit, organised around a local parish church). The map uses a version of the first-edition 6 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map as a base. You can navigate the map, or alternatively complete a simple text search, or filter the list of 13,713 entries by county, by size of place, or by whether there is a VCH history available. The app can track your location to present the 10 nearest entries. You can bookmark your favourite places and filter the main list to produce your own list of bookmarked entries.

Every place in England has an entry in the app, with detailed VCH accounts for many places. The VCH is an ongoing, growing project, with histories written over the last 120 years, and more in progress. Both the Topographical Dictionary of England and more than 175 volumes of the VCH are available on the English Places app thanks to their digitisation for British History Online – a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland. Links to the BHO website can be found within the map.
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I used this with one landowner to show where an old footpath went through their field and they were really impressed. I was also showing another landowner who downloaded it on to their ipad and they said it was amazing and they were looking to divide one of their large fields back in to the smaller fields and it showed then exactly where the old ones were.
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that looks like a great app . ill be downloading it . cheers :thumbsup:
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Thats an interesting app, my phone is probably too old to take it, but i am going to put it on the ipad later....
I would be tempted to subscribe for the year if it gives you good info on your land, kind of supporting the people who made the app

Nice find, cheers for that :thumbsup:
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Did not know about this before so thanks, I have just downloaded the app :thumbsup:
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im hooked on it . cant believe how many old pathways and buildings were once within a mile of my house , :thumbsup:
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Looks like a must, thanks. :thumbsup:
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I've downloaded the app onto my phone too. Thanks Cath. 🙂
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That looks useful. You say the whole of England ! Before I start messing on my new phone, does it include Wales ?
Over the years I’ve tried a few sites and they don’t cover anything Welsh.
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Ladybird66 wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:07 am That looks useful. You say the whole of England ! Before I start messing on my new phone, does it include Wales ?
Over the years I’ve tried a few sites and they don’t cover anything Welsh.
england and wales but not scotland . :thumbsup:
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I have this app and I do like it but I can't get it to pick up my location, I'm on android.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone else is using android and has got that to work, I have display location ticked in the app but it didn't ask for permission to use the location, so that will be why it isn't working but I can't work out how to give it the permission it needs.
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Jamesey1981 wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:26 pm I have this app and I do like it but I can't get it to pick up my location, I'm on android.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone else is using android and has got that to work, I have display location ticked in the app but it didn't ask for permission to use the location, so that will be why it isn't working but I can't work out how to give it the permission it needs.
same here . i'm guessing you must have to pay the subscription fee for your location to work .
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joemole wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:43 pm same here . i'm guessing you must have to pay the subscription fee for your location to work .
Found the setting.
Go to settings, privacy, permission manager, location, then give it permission, I think they forgot to put the request into the installation but it works if you do it manually.

I'm sure I looked there before and couldn't find it.....
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I tried it but just couldn't see anything vaguely of interest on the map! :rollinglaughing:
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Easylife wrote: Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:59 pm I tried it but just couldn't see anything vaguely of interest on the map! :rollinglaughing:

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Nor me, that’s rubbish. I’m sure you’ll soon find a site with some history on it ;)
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