This page contains maps of the area dating from 1806 to 1945. These, more British maps and historical information are available on the Vision of Britain Through Time and National Library of Scotland websites. Click on a map thumbnail to view the entire map. Please be aware that some maps are large ranging in size from 4MB to over 70MB. Therefore it is not recommended to view maps while using a mobile connection.

1806 - C Smith, Southern England

This is the first map in the series to show Welcombe, although it is spelt 'Wellcombe'. No other hamlets are mentioned.

1809 - Ordnance Survey

This is the first Ordnance Survey map of Welcombe but it does not include the whole village, indeed Welcombe is not written on the map. The coastal section will wait another 50 years before it is mapped (see below). Darracott is spelt Dairycot supporting the fact it is a corruption of 'Dairy Cottage'. Tredown is shown as 'Down'. The Old Smithy building does not exist yet, and there are a number of buildings at Witheford and Upcott that don't exist now. Hollacombe is yet to come into existence.

1809 - Bideford Unions

This map is based on the 1809 Ordnance Survey map and shows the parish council boundaries in the Bideford Union. At this time Welcombe appears much larger than today including Meddon to the east and north to Hardisworthy. This may explain why the 1831 census shows the parish area as 6,620 acres. It reduced to 1,751 acres in the 1851 census, close to the current size of around 1,790 acres.

1832 - HMSO Boundary Review

This review proposed Devon is divided into two parliamentary divisions. Welcombe would be part of the northern division returning four MPs, south Devon would have 14 MPs. This map shows Welcombe being part of the Hartland Hundred. A Hundred is a county division used for military and judicial purposes. The basis of a 'Hundred' is obscure with no comprehensive definition.

1832 - HMSO Boundary Review addition

This map is based on the previous 1932 boundary review map but includes polling places. Only Holsworthy and Torrington were shown as proposed local polling places, not Bideford.

1856 - Ordnance Survey

Finally we get an Ordnance Survey map showing the coastal area of the village. Welcombe is spelt as Welcomb. Building locations may not be accurate. The map also shows Marsland Mill (now West Mill) and Strawberry Water.

1842 - Tithe Map

The 1842 tithe map shows the most detailed view of Welcombe from the 19th century. The accompanying document shows the owner of each field and what it was used for.

Click this link for an in depth review of this tithe map.

1884 - Ordnance Survey 1 of 6

This is the first of six maps covering the village in detail. The maps show all the fields with each numbered. This map shows the north-west part of the village, close to Welcombe Mouth. Strawberry Water is shown but The Hermitage and Meadowgate are yet to be built.

1884 - Ordnance Survey 2 of 6

This map shows Welcombe (Town), Linton and Tredown. There are a number of buildings east of Linton Farm shown that no longer exist. There is also an additional footbridge that no longer exists linking Welcombe Barton to the bottom of Well Hill. Two lanes are also shown that can still be seen on satellite maps - Lanepark and Linton Lanes.

1884 - Ordnance Survey 3 of 6

This third map Henaford and Hollacombe up to the A39. None of the current houses on the A39 existed, the area was woodland.

1884 - Ordnance Survey 4 of 6

The fourth map shows Marsland Mouth and West Mill. West Mill is described as a corn mill. This does not mean it was only corn milled there, it is a general term for one that mills a variety of grains.

1884 - Ordnance Survey 5 of 6

This fifth map covers Mead, Leddon and Darracott. Welcombe House is shown at its maximum size, before the fire. Berrypark is still a small cottage before its large extension.

1884 - Ordnance Survey 6 of 6

The final map covers Upcott. Nearly all the buildings there currently are shown on this map.

1885 - HMSO Boundary Review

This boundary review proposed to include Welcombe in a new Barnstaple parliamentary division. Welcombe itself appears erased from the map with most of the roads missing and no mention of the village!

1888 - OS Index Sheets with Parish Boundaries

This map is the first to show the boundary of Welcombe as it is currently. Welcombe is shown as being part of the Bideford borough.

1899 - OS County Boundary

This map shows Welcombe as being part of the Bideford Union and rural district. This is the first map showing Darracott with its current spelling.

1900 - OS Maps of Devonshire

This map gives the clearest indication yet of the parish boundary. It also shows the location of the smithy at Darracott. There is also the first evidence of buildings at Hollacombe.

1903 - OS Map

Map of north Devon, Somerset and south Wales.

1903 - Bartholomew

This the first map Bartholomew's published under their own name. The road from Tredown Cross, through Darracott to Mead was not considered passable (some may say it remains so!). The map shows the preferred route through Welcombe and the Gorge - not recommended now. The route to Morwenstow was the track from Mead Corner - definitely not recommended now!

1905 - OS

Twenty years after the last OS map shows the emergence of some major properties in the village. This is the first mention of Welcombe school although evidence of a building in this location is shown on the 1900 map. Berry Park has been expanded to its current size. The Hermitage has also been constructed. This map view enables you to compare the 1905 OS map with a current satellite view.

1917 - HMSO, Boundary Commission Report

Shows Welcombe as part of the Barnstaple parliamentary division.

1921 - OS, County Diagrams

Shows Welcombe still part of the Barnstaple parliamentary division, and Bideford Unions and Rural District.

1931 - OS, Map of Devonshire

Shows Welcombe still part of the Barnstaple parliamentary division, and Bideford Rural District. References to area unions are not shown suggesting they were no longer in operation.

1940, British War Office

Map of the south west including military bases. Welcombe is not shown.

1943 - Bartholomew

Road through Darracott finally shown as 'serviceable' for motor vehicles.

1944, Land Utilisation Map

This shows the usage of the land in 1944 which is very similar to today.

Brown = Arable land

Green = Meadowland and permanent grass

Yellow = Heathland, moorland and rough pasture

1945, OS New Popular Edition

The first edition of the OS maps that are familiar today. Includes some properties in Welcombe such as Berry Park and The Hermitage. Known as sheet 174 in 1945, today the area is covered by map 190 - Bude & Clovelly.

1946 - OS

Disagreeing with Bartholomew, this OS map shows the main road in the village as being the one that runs through Darracott.

1950 - OS

Main road remains the one passing through Darracott.

1961 - OS

Close to our modern format, this map finally shows both the road through Darracott and through Welcombe as being of equal quality.

1963 - OS

One hundred and sixty years later, this is the final map in the sequence. Over 50 years after this map, the village layout and properties retain a footprint close to this map.