Documentary evidence for highway research

2 November 2017
Showroom Workstation, Sheffield
10am till 4.30pm

This course has also been requested in the South West.  If you would be interested, contact training@iprow.co.uk.

Researching the history of a highway may be required in the roles of public rights of way, commons registration and land charges.  Knowledge of the primary and secondary documentary sources, where to find them, their significance, interpretation and value can save a great deal of time and effort in resolving questions about the history of land and highways.

Main topics

  • Tithe maps and awards
  • Inclosure maps and awards
  • Inland Revenue maps and valuations
  • Railway and canal plans
  • Quarter Session records
  • Parish council and Highway Board minutes
  • Ordnance Survey records
  • Estate maps, deeds and sales particulars

Learning Outcomes

  • Clear understanding of the main documents and where to find them
  • Appreciation of their context and its effect on their value as evidence
  • Awareness of good practice in presentation of evidence
  • Appreciation of the limitations of interpretation and conflicting opinions

Within a day, it is not possible to address all sources in any detail.  The course is designed for people recently engaged in public rights of way work and needing a foundation in what constitutes documentary evidence and how to use it.

Level

Intermediate : for delegates with some prior knowledge of public rights of way or highways

The course is designed for Rights of Way Officers whose role includes maintenance, enforcement or definitive map work; legal officers or solicitors; commons registration officers.

Trainer

Helen Denton has been a Definitive Map Officer with Hertfordshire County Council for over twelve years.  She has extensive experience of evaluating evidence and applying the legal tests in processing modification and diversion orders and in representing the authority at public inquiries.

Venue

Room 5
Showroom Workstation
5 Paternoster Row
Sheffield
S1 2BX

Showroom Workstation  is a few minutes walk from the Sheffield’s central railway and bus stations and tram hub.  (Walkit directions from railway.)  Closest city centre parking is expensive so car travellers may wish to consider using the Park and Ride.

Room 5 is accessed through the cafe.

Cost and Booking

All prices exclude VAT

Members £245
Non-members £340

Contact Geri Coop training@iprow.co.uk for a booking form or with any questions.