Post by Penny
You shouldn't need to 'enter' anything. Simply click on either map to drag
it around, use mouse wheel to zoom in and out. You can change the map on
the right using the drop-down menu above it, if you prefer a satellite
photo version or something.
Thanks. I have managed to use it now. Apart from being interested in the
old rail route; privately funded and run because of the benefits of moving
race horses around the country by rail, I am interested in what the
original garden boundaries were in my house.
Originally, six Council houses built in the 30s. The way the gardens work
is very odd. We have a nice sized plot. But am told it was once bigger.
Turned left at the top end "which is where ###### kept his chickens". This
would have made it an L shaped plot. This now belongs to our neighbour and
without it they would seem to have been given a very small back garden.
Next to them the house has virtually no back garden at all! But has a bit
more at the front. Another house has a really big garden (current owners
grow lots of stuff which is nice for them. They are on the corner. I
thought old Council houses had plots which allowed for growing veg. But
this doesn't necessarily seem so for these six houses.
It seems the bit of line which was there before our house was built was
acquired by the property the other side of the line. It is a very large
plot/garden so in affect not a neighbour. On the deeds it is described
as "land associated with" but also says they are not allowed to grow
anything on it. Today there are large trees where the line once ran and a
narrow strip (say 15-20 foot wide) between our fence and the old railway
bank. This is left to nature but our fence obscures it, so not a problem.
It is just all a bit odd to me and has provoked my curiosity.
The houses were acquired by a housing assoc., and later sold into private
ownership. Most have been enlarged but apart from the one which has a tiny
back garden all have managed this without leaving leaving the gardens much
reduced in size. In front of the houses is a small green, planted with
lime trees. These are in need of pollarding but the Council manage to
ignore requests. I was told veg was once grown there by the person with
the very small garden. It was also a gathering pen for cattle going to
market on the train. But this is not especially close to the old station.
Between the green and our property is a private road, still owned by the
housing company that sold the houses off. It is covered by gravel type
stones. They are resistant to maintaining the road so it has lots of large
All adds to my curiosity.
BTMS - Equine Advisor Extraordinaire.