"Bringing the Past to Life" - Parishscapes Project 2007 - 2010

The Parishscapes project was a community project that aimed to make all the tithe maps for the East Devon AONB parishes available for public use as a means of increasing awareness of these historical maps and their connections to our landscape.....past and present. 

The project undertook: 

  • Activities with local groups and individuals to gather oral history of personal insights into change of landscape and landscape features across the area.
  • Workshops with schools and communities to develop study materials, resources and new skills to improve our understanding of landscape change and its relationship with wildlife, both past and present.
  • Walks, talks, exhibitions, conferences and community archaeology digs to help bring the past to life

The digital maps and the accompanying records can now all be viewed on the Devon County Council Historic Environment website.  Additionally, the project transcribed original apportionment documents for every parish in East Devon. 

For more project information see our final report (4mb).


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Parishscapes origins

A report of the 2006 Parishscapes feasibility study, which lasted six months and concentrated on the parishes of Branscombe and Beer, can be viewed here.  Please note that owing to factors beyond our control we can only, at present, provide a draft version of this report.  It is provided on the understanding that it is only a draft.

This initial project provided the impetus for the subsequent three year Parishscapes Project 2007 - 2010 which covered the entire East Devon area.

About Parishscapes

Parishscapes (2007-2010) was delivered by the East Devon AONB Partnership on behalf of and with the financial support of East Devon District Council, Natural England, Heritage Lottery Fund and additional support from Devon County Council.

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of 46 AONBs across the UK. A National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty exists to provide general information about AONBs www.aonb.org.uk

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