Maps for Property Research

Many enquiries to the Museum concern maps to aid research into property history. Recent histories can be traced by postcode on

Selecting your address will give a modern map of your locality. However options for older Ordnance Survey (OS) maps are given (the oldest appears to be 1869). Zoom in by clicking on the map. Latterly the site has limited free usage by allowing just one magnification. However you can still get quite a lot from this limited access by using the 1:2500 series maps. Some of these maps are freely available on the Portsmouth University website (see below) and, for some strange reason, you can access most of the OS maps of England and Wales completely free of charge on the National Library of Scotland website on

Two relevant earlier maps of the Emsworth area are IT & C Lewis’ 1833 “Map of the Parishes of Warblington, Havant and Bedhampton”, and the Tithe Apportionment Map for Emsworth produced under the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836. Part of the latter covering the centre of Emsworth appears in the Museum map browser.

A complete list of printed maps and images of Hampshire dating from 1575, is given at