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MAP DATED 1577
MAP DATED 1577
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 34845
SECTION OF A MAP OF LANCASHIRE DATED 1577 IT'S INTERESTING AS IT SHOWS HOW SOME PLACE NAMES HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST 450 YEARS.

Comment by: Gill on 4th February 2024 at 20:46

That's amazing Ron, thanks for posting, as you say many names have changed. Andertonford suggests a ford over the Douglas maybe? Interesting to see 'chap' after Harwich (Horwich), Houghton and others. Is that something to do with a market? Lovely to see this.

Comment by: John on 4th February 2024 at 23:01

"Chap" will be short for "chapel". The ancient parishes such as Wigan, Standish, Bolton covered such large areas that it was impracticable for many of the population to attend the parish church on a Sunday, so they began to build chapels-of-ease in the distant parts of the parish.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th February 2024 at 09:52

Forgive my ignorance but are the black lines rivers or dirt track roads?

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th February 2024 at 11:04

Thanks Ron, I just love old maps, it is very interesting how the spelling of various names has changed over the years and that although the letter s is used frequently the letter f in italic's is also used but pronounced as S.
Goodness knows what the roads were like in those day and how long it would take to get from ones side of the map to the other in a horse and cart but would have loved to have done so with camara in hand!
Veronica, the black lines are rivers and you can see were the river Yarrow merges with the Douglas near Croston, the F pronounced as an S in italic's, I wonder when the F for S was dropped from the English language.
Further down stream the River Douglas changes name to the River Aslan before flowing into the Ribble Estuary. I also wonder when and why the River Douglas got its name.

Comment by: Gill on 5th February 2024 at 11:09

Thanks Ron that makes sense.

Comment by: Tony L on 5th February 2024 at 13:58

Colin Traynor - re the name of the River Douglas . . .
Derived from the Scottish Gaelic, "dubh glas," it means "black river" or "dark stream."

Comment by: Veronica on 5th February 2024 at 14:41

That does make sense Tony L who’d have thought that! How language has evolved through the ages.
Thanks for the info Colin re: the black lines I thought as much but….it must have been terrible travelling about in those days by horse and carriage. I know much later Preacher Wesley travelled about on horse back.. He came through Westhoughton and into Wigan. The stone he stood on to preach is still enshrined at the Chapel on Wigan Rd.

Comment by: John on 5th February 2024 at 15:11

The old form of S wasn't actually an F. It looked like f but without the cross bar. It was always pronounced S. Even back then they used the modern s if it came at the end of the word. I think it died out in the 18th century but I've seen Standish church registers from the mid 1800s where the surname Moss looks at first glance like Mofs - presumably written by an older person at the time.

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