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My Uncles - An Unusual Name on an Ordnance Survey Map (The Easter Egg)

My Uncles (The Easter Egg) I was going to post this on Easter Monday, when I discovered it.  However, I refrained from doing that, as I thought people might take it for an 'April Fools' post. I have always liked looking at maps from planning bike rides, walks, road trips, holidays, etc. to just looking at them out of sheer curiosity. More recently the Internet opened up even more opportunities with things like freely available satellite images and street views.  It is only a few years ago when someone made me aware of old maps that had been digitised and published online. It's been a real 'virtual' adventure looking at them. Particularly the early Ordnance Survey Maps from 1848 and (around) 1910. The ability to view them and compare them to modern maps and satellite image really helps bring the history to life. So far, I have tended to focus around Lancashire and Preston specifically, being a local and all that.  I thought I had spotted most things of interest alrea
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What Will Preston look like in 1992? A slideshow from 1972 Preston Guild

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Who was Todd of Todd Hall?

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The Delph in the River Ribble by Avenham Park

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Todd Hall a Listed Building Dating Back to 1630

Todd Hall a Listed Building Dating Back to 1630  Todd Hall is a Grade II Listed Building that dates back to 1630. This makes it the oldest building in the South Ribble area, and generally around Preston. It was restored in 1938 by A. C. M. Lillie, a local architect, after lying derelict for ten years. The Bamber Bridge Architect A.C.M. Lillie's work included the New Patients Wing at Preston Royal Infirmary and the tower on St Paul's Church, Longridge. Todd Hall a Listed Building Dating Back to 1630 The moulded stone doorcase, with Tudor-arched lintel, is lettered in relief: 1630 W(?) IC. Moulded Stone Doorcase Lettered in Relief 1630 W(H)IC. I think that could be WHIC.  An early Ordnance Survey map makes reference to Todd Hall and also Todd Lane, the road on which sits.  However, an earlier maps that I have been studying does not.  This make reference to the name 'Hanshaws' in that area.  I am wondering whether my my interpretation of the letter 'H' (aitch) has

The History of Brockholes - Before and After the Preston Bypass

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