Welcome to the Geography of Lincolnshire section.

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The intention of this site is to provide selected examples of maps, images and text which can illustrate the geographical diversity of Lincolnshire communities, and how our settlements, landscapes and transport links have changed and developed over a period of 200-300 years.

27 locations were initially chosen. The criteria for choosing these locations included:


  • A mixture of urban areas and rural settlements of varying size and population density.
  • Examples spread throughout historical Lincolnshire.
  • A variety of landscapes: coastal, riverside, reclaimed fenland, Wolds etc.
  • Examples of places where there has been minimal change, and others which have developed almost beyond recognition.


For each chosen location, two or more detailed historic maps have been digitised, which will allow comparisons to be made. These are an Enclosure Map and/or a Tithe Map, dating from the eighteenth or nineteenth century, and a corresponding 6 inch Ordnance Survey Map from the early twentieth century. Accompanying texts will contain general introductions to the locations, detailed information from the Enclosure Awards and Tithe Apportionments, and thematic studies. There will also be more general text explaining some of the main sources used.