Adding the Isle of Man

The original Britain was strictly limited to England, Scotland and Wales. We are working on adding Ireland, and you will already find a few Irish “places” in the system. Recently we have made a more modest extension, to the Isle of Man.

This mainly means we have added 46 towns, villages and other places, with links to the associated descriptive gazetteer entries and with their locations shown against a Popular Edition one inch map that has been in the system all along:

Douglas: www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/place_page.jsp?p_id=26187
Snaefell: www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/place_page.jsp?p_id=26268

We have also added the full text of George Head’s second travel book, A Home Tour through various parts of the United Kingdom, where we previously had just three chapters about the west coast of Scotland, included with his A Home Tour through the Manufacturing Districts. The book includes six chapters about his visit to the Isle of Man.

We hope at some point to add information about the parishes of the Isle of Man, including their boundaries and population data from the census.

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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