Belfast Telegraph

Government service mapping history of old homes in Northern Ireland

By David Young and PA

Historic maps capturing in fine detail how Northern Ireland looked almost 200 years ago are to go on public sale through a new online government service.

The internet shop for Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) will also sell the most up-to-date maps of the region.

While the modern maps are set to benefit solicitors, architects, engineers, surveyors and even orienteerers, the older versions may tempt history buffs and those with an interest in what their house or area looked like in the 19th century.

The maps were drawn up between 1834 and 1846 during a major ordnance survey of what was then non-partitioned Ireland.

The exercise was the first large-scale survey of an entire country ever undertaken.

The new website, developed by Land and Property Services (LPS) in partnership with nidirect and BT, is now hosted within nidirect, the official government website for Northern Ireland.

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