The History Map
The Moylgrove History Map is a community project that invites contributions from everyone in and around Moylgrove.
We are developing an online map of historical and architectural notes about the village.
Red dots on the map represent houses and other places of interest around Moylgrove. Click a dot, and you'll see historical notes and photos about that place.
Walking tour app
Open this web page: http://bit.ly/moylgrovewalk on your smartphone and then walk around Moylgrove. The app will show you the description of each house as you walk past it. This is a new app: Let us know what you think!
The notes and photos have been contributed by, or with the help of, the present residents. If you live, or have lived, in Moylgrove, you're strongly encouraged to contribute. You can either edit places directly on the map, or send information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're interested but don't know where to discover information, members of the history project are happy to help.
We're particularly indebted to local historian Robert Anthony for his work on houses in the middle of the village. We'd also like to thank Sally James, whose work inspired the project.
Tips for Contributors
Viewing the Map
You should see an aerial photograph of the village with houses marked as red dots. You can drag the map from side to side and up and down, and zoom in or out using the buttons at the top right.
Click any red dot to see notes and photos of that house or other place of interest. You can also click in the alphabetical list on the left.
To edit the notes and photos for a place
At the bottom of any existing notes – but above any gravestone or census entries – look for the link “Add/change pics and info.” Click this.
On the first occasion you do this, you will be asked to take one of two alternatives:
Identify yourself by signing in with your Windows, Google, or Facebook password.
If you have a modern Windows PC, you probably already have a Windows password, which you use to sign in to your computer. You might have a Google password if you use Gmail or other Google services.
Send your pictures and information to me in an email. This is in many ways the simpler option, though it makes work for me, and the result is slower from your point of view.
To add a new place
New places of interest, or houses that are missing, are welcome additions to the map.
Right-click the position on the map, where the new place should be. Select “Add new place.” This will open an email message to me. You can add notes and photos to the message before sending it.
What (not) to contribute
The objective is for us all as a village to put together information about the history of Moylgrove.
Bear in mind that anyone all over the world can see the site.
This is a good thing: People who grew up here, people who have visited, people who might visit in future, all take an interest in Moylgrove.
It’s also something to be cautious of: Scammers and spammers use the information they find on websites. We should not put details of present residents on the site.
Good stuff to contribute:
Historical information about each house or other place of interest.
Try to verify facts with original sources, such as title deeds, census data, old photos, contemporaneous newspaper articles. (Relatively modern newspaper articles about old things don’t count: their authors may just be repeating unreliable hearsay.)
Links or references to the sources of your information. If you say “the house was built in 1646” also say “because that date is chiselled into the lintel above the fireplace.” Allow others to judge whether that might have been the builder’s reminder about when to meet a train.
Architectural notes. What style of house is this? What features are typical or especially notable? Can you untangle the different layers of improvements made over the years?
Stories about the inhabitants. Were the children born in Patagonia? Was the family poor or well-off? What did they do for a living? Did they have relatives nearby?
Photos, particularly historical ones.
Photos of old charts, deeds, notices, bills of sale, or other documents.
Anecdotes about people in the past.
Information that links one place to another. For example, one of the past residents might have married another local; or might have moved to another house in the village. The skein of links between houses builds the history of the village from its individuals.
By mentioning the name of another place in your notes, you can actually make a clickable link from one house to another.
Not so good:
Stories about living people, unless they’ve said they don’t mind.
Names and other details of the present occupants. To round off the story of the house, you might say something like “The present owners have converted it into a charming holiday cottage.” But don’t include a link to the TripAdvisor page!
Photos, films, and reproductions of other documents
You can upload photos along with the notes that you write about a place.
If a photo was taken (or other document was written) before 1957, it’s out of copyright, and you can put it on the website without permission. (Though of course if someone provides you with a copy of it, you might acknowledge the help.)
If taken after 1957, you should get the permission of the copyright holder to publish it on the web. The copyright holder is nearly always the person who originally took the photo, or their heirs.
The copyright is not usually owned by a person who has a print or electronic copy of a photo, unless they took it in the first place. Being given a photo doesn’t confer copyright, unless the original holder specifically says so.
It’s best to include a copyright notice either in the accompanying notes, or superposed on the photo.
To upload a photo
If you have a paper document or a traditional print of a photo, take a photo of it with your phone or digital camera, or – even better – use the scanning facility of some printers.
To take a photo:
Make the document flat by putting glass on it, or keep it in its photo frame.
Illuminate it with a lamp from an angle in such a way that you don’t see the glare of the lamp in the glass.
Do it in an otherwise dark room, and keep yourself and the camera back in the shadows. We want to see the photo, not you!
To get the photo file out of your phone and onto your computer, ask any young person.
To upload the photo file, click the “Add/change” link in the notes about the place, then use either of the “upload photo” buttons. The first changes the single photo that appears underneath the written notes; the other adds to the slideshow that appears in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Old Ordnance Survey maps
Published in the mid 1800s to administer the tax that the Anglican Church imposed on landowners.
See also http://cynefin.archiveswales.org.uk/.
More maps and general information
Ian Riggs’ survey of stones in St Andrew’s Churchyard is the basis for the Gravestone data that appear under the notes for many of the houses in the village.
If you’d like to do a survey of other cemeteries, we’ll add them to the data.
A census has been taken every decade since 1841. Census information older than 100 years is available online, for example at ancestry.com.
We have attached census data for some years to the relevant houses. In some instances, the data may be attached to the wrong house. This can happen because the name of the house changed over the years, or the census entry is ambiguous or difficult to read. If you’ve found a mistake, please email email@example.com.
We can change how the map works, to make it easier to use, or to make it do more useful things. Ideas currently under consideration include:
Provide the option of a historic map, on which the places appear. (You can already choose between the modern OS map and aerial photos.)
Show lines linking houses that are related in some way, for example by people having moved between them.
Add individual captions to the photos in the slide shows.
If you have features or improvements you’d like to suggest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.