British Parish Boundary Datafiles

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Datafiles for England & Wales and Scotland parish boundaries see Displaying British Parish Boundaries for instructions on use.

By installing these files you will have the option to view the parish boundary lines on the map reports within FTAnalyzer. When you zoom in on an area, on for example a modern Google map, then you will get the extra information showing the parish boundary lines. This could for instance make you realise that two farms next door to each other on a map are actually in different parishes thus it gives you ideas of where else to look in original records.

England & Wales Data File
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2014

Scottish Data File
Contains NRS data © Crown copyright and database right 2014
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2014

The data set is for current civil parish boundaries and won't exactly match with historic ecclesiastic parish boundaries. In the mid and late 1800's, the pre-1832 Ancient Parishes, particularly around expanding urban areas were subdivided into new ecclesiastic parishes and at the same time various larger civil administrative areas (eg Poor Law Unions) were formed. Modern rural civil parishes, as shown in this data set, are typically the amalgamation of two or more ecclesiastic parishes but they do tend to retain the same boundary outline.

NB. This database file is quite large and will take a fair bit of memory on your PC to display the parish boundary maps.

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