Bodleian Library has a special relationship with Laxton,
a village remarkable as its current pattern of agricultural
land use remains virtually unchanged since feudal times.
An open field system is still in place, and the Bodleian
has the good fortune to include amongst its holdings,
Mark Pierce’s 1635 manuscript map, A plat and description
of the whole mannor & Lordship of Laxton with Laxton
Moorehouse in ye county of Nottingham and also of the
mannor & Lordship of Kneesall lying adiacent to ye
aforesaid mannor of Laxton. The map is fully coloured
in nine pieces, each measuring roughly 76cm x 59cm at
a scale of around 1:3,950.
The Library also possesses the accompanying terrier,
which describes each of the thousands of strips of land
shown on the map, identifying the person farming each
strip, and its acreage. It consists of 228 openings,
measuring 35.5cm x 48.5cm.
This project will involve the full digitisation of the
Laxton Map of 1635 and its accompanying terrier. The
intention is to make both map and text fully searchable,
thus highlighting a strip from one of Laxton’s fields
would lead the searcher direct to the relevant descriptive
text found in the terrier.