Following on from yesterday’s post, these maps show patterns of density across the county, this time taking account of roads as well as public rights of way. In each case the density of routeways has been worked out in terms of metres per hectare.
Public Rights of Way (Footpaths, Bridleways, Byways)
Highest = Wacton (59m per hectare)
Lowest = A number of parishes with no public rights of way (more on this to follow in another post)
Public Roads (excluding PROW)
Highest = Norwich (102m of public road per hectare)
Lowest = Sturston (0m of public road per hectare)
Public Roads and Public Rights of Way
Highest = Norwich (103m per hectare) Sheringham a close second with 101m
Lowest = Sturston (no public roads, no public rights of way)
As research and mapping progress we hope to be able to look in more depth at changing densities over time. It has already become clear from examining seventeenth and eighteenth-century maps of a number of places that processes such as parliamentary enclosure could dramatically reduce the number of paths and roads within a parish. However, in some cases similar processes are evident even in parishes which were untouched by enclosure acts.