Victorian Forfar all mapped out

A glimpse into Forfar in 1861 is revealed in the latest map published by Heritage Cartography.

Forfar 1861 is the latest map in its new National Series of, to date, 160 British Victorian towns,

The series is based on the first large scale surveys of the Ordnance Survey and has been created by Peter J Adams who worked many years for the mapping agency.

Forfar in 1861 is seen little changed from the small mediaeval market town which developed on the main route between the Lowlands and the fertile lands of North East Scotland.

The industrial revolution has touched the town with the recent construction of the railway and the growth of the linen and jute trade.

The transition to modern methods is graphically seen to the north of the town with a large flax steamloom factory built next to a small linen handloom factory.

The increasing wealth of Forfar is shown by the appearance of a large gentleman’s residence to the north west of the centre and a cluster of new smaller detached villas just to the south.

Despite the growing trade and employment in the town Forfar is no doubt riddled with well documented Victorian social and economic contradictions, on the eastern edge the town is seen with a prominent label - the Poorhouse.

The map may be ordered and purchased at the Meffan Museum priced £9.50 uncoloured and £25.00 coloured.

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