The response from people who have purchased our book continues with pictures and stories of families who lived in Balsham in times past. Also, there have been requests to see if we can put flesh on the bones for people seeking information on their connection with Balsham. We help if it is possible.
It appears from a recent communication that during the early 1900’s whilst William and Ann PRINCE were living in London, Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows was a close neighbour.
Various local organisations have been in contact requesting a talk on how the maps were reproduced for use in the book. Consequently, Seppe Cassettari was more than happy to oblige.
In February at a meeting of the Linton and District Historical Society, Seppe opened his talk based on the 1617 Charterhouse Map of Balsham, with its beautiful cartouches, stressing how fortunate we were to have not only this early map, but a copy produced later in 1791. This later map, produced in book form enabled the names of those working the strips of land throughout the parish to be transcribed and thus create a database; consequently producing a colourful modern version.
Using maps of Balsham throughout the centuries, it was also possible to produce a timeline of buildings to show the expansion of the village, again using different colours. Maps from 1801 - 2008 clearly shows the evolution of the village, with the greatest expansion coming during the 1960’s. An 1874 hand drawn map listed all the residents, which meant names could also be included.
Seppe was able to show just how accurate the 1617 map was by comparing it with a modern aerial survey. It is interesting to note many of the footpaths and by-ways used by walkers today can be traced back to the original 1617 map.