Ruins found using old maps

Published: 17 Aug 2019

Old maps are a great tool for anyone who is into urban exploring, research or history. They can be great for finding little clues about the past.

We discovered some small buildings in an area of what is now farmland on North Ayrshire. We decided to pay the location a visit and see if anything remained. The maps we use for much of our research are provided online by the National Library of Scotland. The maps cover the entire UK.

The building we found was part of an observatory built in 1808. On arrival at the location we found various traces of walls and structures. We also found two building that were clearly posted on 18th century maps.

Old maps are certainly a very powerful tool for researching urban exploration locations.




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