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Geography - Copthorne Detective Part 3 - Local Maps



Comparing Copthorne Village Maps: Then and Now!


As part of becoming a 'Copthorne Detective' and an expert in local geography and history, we need to look at the past to understand why Copthorne looks the way it does today.


For our third task, we want you to look at how we can use MAPS to see how Copthorne Village has changed in shape and size over the last few hundred years ... and it has changed a lot!


Look through the map photos below (you can download or print them if you prefer) of how Copthorne Village has changed in size and shape. Some of the pictures date right back to Medieval times, though the ones from the late 1800s and early 1900s show clearly just how small Copthorne used to be! The 1912 map of Copthorne Bank really makes you think!


The size of the village, the use of surrounding lands and the number of roads has changed so much, especially over the last 100 years or so.


Look carefully at the pictures. Try to spot what has changed. Look for differences in:

  • The size of Copthorne Village itself - how has the shape and size changed?
  • The use of surrounding land - what used to surround Copthorne and what surrounds it now?
  • The number of roads - how many roads were there 100 years ago compared to now?
  • Copthorne Bank (the main street) - what has changed here over the last 150 years?
  • Compare maps 1912 to 1990 - what happened?


TASK - Use the photo evidence to identify and write about changes over time you can see in the maps of Copthorne Village


In your own words, write about the differences you can see in the shape and size of Copthorne Village using the map evidence, thinking about the number of roads, use of surrounding land and how fast this happened over the last 50 years. You can print off some of the photos and add these in if you want to - or maybe add them into a PowerPoint or Word document.


If you find it easier, write in sections for each difference/change you spot. LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES FROM Mr T BELOW TO HELP GET YOU STARTED.

Copthorne Village Maps - Medieval to Victorian to Modern - Can you spot what has changed?

Maps of Copthorne Village - Example and Part-Filled Research Task Sheets - Take your pick!