Agriculture & Land Use

Mapping Agriculture & Land Use

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This aspect of the Vision of Britain system presents data from two kinds of source: Agricultural Censuses, which gathered data on the kinds of crops planted and animals raised, usually from farmers; and Land Use Mapping, which actually surveyed land use, field by field. Work on this theme has been funded by DEFRA, the Environment Agency and the Frederick Soddy Trust. Our most detailed information on land use is, in fact, the complete set of the maps published by the Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain, included in our 'Historical Mapping' section.

All available maps for the theme Agriculture & Land Use

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Administrative County Division of Ancient County Ancient County Irish County Modern (post 1974) County District/Unitary Authority Scottish County
Percentage Arable (Farm Census) 1920 - 1971
1869 - 1910
1869 - 1910
1871
N/A N/A 1870 - 1961
Cattle per Acre 1920 - 1970
1869 - 1910
1869 - 1910
1871
N/A N/A 1870 - 1961
Land occupied by Buildings N/A N/A N/A N/A 2001
2001
N/A
Percentage Arable (Land Utilisation Survey) 1931
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1931
Land Agriculturally Unproductive 1931
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1931
Oat Farming 1920 - 1970
1869 - 1910
1869 - 1910
1871
N/A N/A 1870 - 1961
Orchards as a percentage of total area 1920 - 1970
1871 - 1901
1871 - 1901
N/A N/A N/A 1871 - 1961
Potato Farming 1920 - 1970
1869 - 1910
1869 - 1910
1871
N/A N/A 1870 - 1961
Sheep per Acre 1920 - 1970
1869 - 1910
1869 - 1910
1871
N/A N/A 1870 - 1961
Wheat Farming 1920 - 1970
1869 - 1910
1869 - 1910
1871
N/A N/A 1870 - 1961

Redistricted data on Agriculture & Land Use

These notes concern the historical statistics for modern local authorities, which have been created for Vision of Britain by re-districting statistics originally reported for other units. We have also had to deal with variations in the categories and classifications used in statistical reporting over the years.

  • 2001: The data are as supplied by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), and were computed using a methodology which allocates all identifiable land features on Ordnance Survey maps into nine simplified land categories: Domestic Buildings, Gardens, Non-Domestic Buildings, Road, Rail, Path, Greenspace, Water and Other. The index is currently experimental.