The field name survey project was part of the Heritage Lottery Funded, Seascape, Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas project, examining the changing coastline from the River Tyne down to the River Tees. 10 volunteers took part in this map based research exploring the townships that border coastline from the Tyne down to the Hartlepool District boundary (Crimdon Dene).
The tithe maps were examined from Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections Catalogue on line resource and date from the late 1830s up to the early 1850s. The tithe maps are the most accurately detailed maps prior to the Ordnance Survey Maps of the mid-19th century.
Dates of creation: 1845
Extract from the Fulwell tithe map
The schedule or “apportionment” indicates the ownership, tenancy, field names and the use to which the land was being put at the time. Reproduced with permissions of Durham University Library and Collections, and of Durham Diocesan Registrar
This resource provides information about the history and topography of each parish whilst also providing information of land ownership, occupation and land cultivation. They were produced in order to assess the tithe payable in cash to the parish church for the support of the church and its clergy. The Tithe maps are the most accurately detailed maps prior to the Ordnance Survey Maps of the mid-19th century. Each field on the tithe map has a number which is detailed on the apportionment document. Many of these have names. Using a further list of resources the field names can be researched to see if any early origins can be found that may dictate an earlier use or function. The findings were recorded on a pro-forma recording sheet.