Here is a small extract of Lees Street, off Oldham Road, St George's District, Manchester, on the 1849 town plan and data from the 1851 census.
Green houses = born in Ireland
pink houses = born in Manchester
I keep an eye out for anything interesting relating to my own research, and have realised that sellers and dealers on ebay have done us researchers a service - essentially digitising a whole load of archives that are unavailable publicly. So this site will hopefully help to collate a small fraction of them for future use.
I hope it will also mitigate against that impression researchers sometimes get when they've 'finished' looking through an archive at a record office or local studies library, and think that they've seen everything relating to a particular place or topic. One look at Ebay suggests that there's a huge load of unseen material out there in private hands.
It's easier to navigate on a touch screen. If you're on a standard PC then zoom in by pressing ctrl + shift and the up button.
Still work in progress as I haven't entered the whole of Dunn's index of landowners and occupants.
Quick summary of how to do it:
1. geo-reference the map in QGIS
2. draw the polygons of the buildings, remembering to add a column in attributes for number of floors. I've estimated this as I don't know the real heights, so for cottages I've put 2 floors, houses 3 floors and big buildings like factories and churches I've put 6 to make them stand out.
3. use the 'threejs' plugin in QGIS. This automatically converts the floor heights into the z co-ordinate - really easy. It makes it into a html file for you with associated files, which you just then upload to your webserver in one folder. Magic.
1. Listen to The Matter of the North, an excellent series about the North of England, produced by Faith Lawrence for BBC Radio 4. I'm on the 'Radical North' programme, on Kersal Moor discussing the landscapes of Chartist meetings. Robert Poole is down the road on the site of Peterloo: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07syyrh
me & Melvyn Bragg on Kersal Moor, pic by BBC Radio 4