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Place names

Request for information – FOI14639


Thank you for your email of 29 January 2016, requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:

Given that I am researching my ancestors who were farmers for several generations in the West Walton area of Norfolk, I would like to find out why one place, south-west of Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, is called Porters Fen Corner. I am prepared to support any expenses involved in your reply.

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information required. However, under our duty to provide advice and assistance as stipulated in Section 16 of the FOIA, we can provide the following explanation which may assist you in this matter.

OS would have used some local knowledge or advice to determine the name Porter’s Fen Corner which should be recorded be in the old Object Name Books (ONBs) for Plans either TF5809 or TF5909.

Other than that information OS would have no historical knowledge as to the specific origin of the name.

The Object Name Books is also no longer held by OS. These are kept at The National Archives for England and Wales. These are available for public viewing in the libraries/reading rooms. Details of the National Archives are as follows: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

I hope you find the above information is helpful to you.

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Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
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SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
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The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

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Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

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