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Information regarding a Public Right of Way in my area

This Freedom of Information request concerns information regarding a Public Right of Way in my area

Request for information – FOI14624


Thank you for your email of 11 January 2016, requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:

I am trying to find out as much information regarding a Public Right of Way in my area

Footpath 23, Hurst Green, Swiftsden, London Road, East Sussex, TN19 7QS.

I am keen to find out if there is the original survey, (still in existance) the name of the surveyor, if there is an original Defintive written Statement available to read.

(I have viewed the current Defintive Map and statement.

If there is a copy of what obstacles the public might have come across,as in stiles gates etc

Any information would be great.

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.

Ordnance Survey has not held any historical maps since 2008. However, we do still sell a limited reproduction range of 1 inch to 1 mile maps.  We can also offer various historical products produced by our licensed partners, you will find these at and then clicking on the Old Maps section. This site should have copies of older OS mapping showing ‘Footpath 23’ for the specified time period.

You may also be able to view various other historical maps free of charge at local libraries. A small charge may be made for a copy if required. Licensing terms and conditions apply to mapping still in copyright (mapping produced within the last 50 years).

Legal Deposit Libraries shown below hold more extensive collections and offer reading and copying facilities for customers willing to visit and carry out their own searches.

· The British library
. Bodleian Library Oxford
· Cambridge University library
· National Library of Scotland
· Library of trinity College Dublin
· National Library of Wales

The details of the above institutions can be found at the following link

The Object Name Books which accompanied the OS large scale plan (1:1250 or 1:2500) which they related to have some survey information in are 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:

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

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