The large scale plans of the Ordnance Survey are quite unique. In a clear and attractive manner they have portrayed our towns and villages in detail over the last 150 yeas. They show not just the streets but virtually every house; the complete track layouts of railways and tramways are given; factories, mills and docks are all shown. The maps contain al the fascinating minutiae that is the lifeblood of history and have become the most complete record of the places where our ancestors lived and worked.
The Godfrey Edition is a major undertaking to reprint these maps, in a convenient and affordable form, for towns throughout the country. This map will delight local historians, genealogists and all who are interested in the history of Northern Ireland and its towns.
This Inch to the Mile map covers the area east and south of Belfast, with coverage stretching from Sydenham eastward to Ballywalter (Portavogie is split by the east margin), and from Newtownards southward to Saintfield. Towns covered include Newtownards, Comber Saintfield, part of east Belfast, Kircubbin, Grey Abbey and the villages of Ballywalter, Ballyhalbert, Mill Isle, Carryduff and Ardmillan. Much of Strangford Lough is shown and other features of interest include long lost sections of the Belfast & Co Down Railway through Newtownards and Saintfield. On the reverse we include the two town plans for Comber, here reduced to 18 inches to the mile. These show the town in detail, including station, St Mary's church, Upper and Lower Distilleries, The Square, Spinning Mill, Castle House, churches. Also included is the town plan for Saintfield, which includes station, Main Street area in detail, churches, Fair Green etc. To complete a publication packed with information, we include 1899 directories for both Comber and Saintfield. A brief historical introduction is given on the back cover. It is not possible to list the many hamlets, farmsteads and other topographical features shown on these maps. However, you may find it useful if we list the towns and principal villages or church parishes that are included on this map. Co Down: Ardmillan, Ballygowan, Ballyhalbert, Ballywalter, Carrowdore, Carryduff, Comber, Dundonald, Gladtry, Gransha, Grey Abbey, Killinchy, Kircubbin, Mill Isle, Newtownards, Portavogie, Saintfield, Sydenham.