This section of the web site shows old maps of Pembury in very good detail. Most are old OS maps and have been sectioned to deal with a specific part or aspect of the village.
There are many symbols and letters sprinkled over the maps that appear to clutter the environment and have little purpose. They are clues to very interesting data – the height of the road surface above sea level, the location of wells, pumps and springs – the size of plots and fields and much more.
The High Street and Hastings Road sit on a high ridge with the land falling away in all directions. It is therefore devoid of fresh water from streams or rivers and had to access fresh water from wells and pumps. The maps show some of these water sources. Work on a house in Hastings Road in 2010 exposed a hidden well, and the surveyor remarked that most of the old houses in Hastings Road had their own pump or well before the advent of plumbed mains water.
The following links lead to web sites that explain the abbreviations and legends on these maps.
. Keys & Legends http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/pagelegend.asp Good for large scale maps
. Historic Mapping http://gismo.dudley.gov.uk/public/schools/histmaps_intro.htm
. Historic Map Legends http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=40955
. OS abbreviations – http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/maps-and-geographic-resources/map-abbreviations.html
Tony Nicholls 2014