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Warren Estate Map

The Warren family owned the majority of the land around Woodplumpton for more than 200 years up until the mid-1800's. In our research into the origins of Hollowforth mill we discovered that various estate maps were produced. One such map is shown below and thanks must be given to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies for their permission to reproduce the image.

The map below (Cheshire Archive Code:DVE 3756/10 (part)) is dated 1805 as far as the tenants are concerned. However the canal has been drawn in later so this must take the original back to the 1790's.

Now to go further back in time. The next six images are for the same area in 1770. In look they are very similar to the tithe maps but 70 or 80 years earlier. The Cheshire Archives and Local Studies code is DLT 4996/40/10.

The next set of images shows the field names and the tenants. The Cheshire Archives and Local Studies code again is DLT 4996/40/10.


For us, in our research for Hollowforth Mill. The following sections are more relevant.


In order to marry these images with more modern maps the following image has been annotated.

Watermills - background



The earliest OS map from the 1840's doesn't really have a lot of detail.

The OS map from the 1890's shows the layout more or less unchanged. The mill appears to cross the mill race. Even on this map there is no sign of a mill pond. Perhaps it was originally under the canal?

Poor quality on this 1940's photograph.

The 1960's aerial photograph, when compared to the modern one below, shows how Barton brook has been altered.

Left middle shows the dig site surrounded by orange plastic fencing to keep the sheep away. The depression in the grass is probably an old pipeline shown more obviously on the 1960's aerial photograph.

Presumably the straightening of the brook was to avoid flooding. The mill site is to the left of the building next to the canal.

The above image (published courtesy of Lancashire Archives) shows the area around Hollowforth Mill. The original, base map, looks to have been produced around 1800 from the names of the land owners but has been added to as a working document. At this date the Mill Cottage was two, separate, buildings and the mill itself straddles the mill race.