Changing Face of Lancashire Map

Liverpool Daily Post Map of West Lancashire

© 1968 Liverpool Daily Post. Based on the Ordnance Survey map; Crown Copyright reserved.

Today’s post also comes from “The Changing Face of Ormskirk”, a supplement published in 1968 in the Liverpool Daily Post.

Looking at an older map of the region shows just how much has changed over the last 40 years. When this was first printed, Skelmersdale had been designated a New Town for just seven years; the railway passing through is still present even though it was axed by Beeching.

The villages marked are quite different to those one would highlight today – Newburgh outclasses Parbold, Mere Brow has been relegated by the rise of Tarleton, Burscough and Burscough Bridge have all but merged into one and I imagine only the people who live say Pinfold rather than Scarisbrick.

The M6 from Warrington to Preston opened five years earlier but the M62, M57, M58, M65, M61 and M55 were just a glint in an over-enthusiastic urban planner’s eye.

Next time we’ll look at what The Changing Face of Ormskirk has to say about Ormskirk town centre itself.

OS OpenData Street View

Contains Ordnance Survey Data (c) Crown copyright and database right 2010

If you’re not a map geek you may want to move along now. For those that are left, above is a map of Edge Hill taken from Ordnance Survey’s Street View product. On 1st April, OS released OpenData under a liberal attribution licence so anyone can use it. The detail on some of the maps is fantastic and while it’s not bang up to date – above you can see the Faculty of Health but not the new Business and Law School – it’s better than anything else out there.

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of what the Ordnance Survey have released, but that’s probably a post for another time and another place.