Follow the history of our places with Land Map

Screenshot of our land map tool, showing the outskirts of bristol

Our Land Map is a mapping tool that displays the land we look after, when we acquired it, and more. It shows how we've increased the number of places we look after over time, and celebrates the generosity of our benefactors and donors. Use it to explore our history or to learn more about the places closest to you.

The Land Map covers land history and war memorials

The land history view displays the area of acquisitions in 20-year bands, showing our growth since 1895. You can click on a highlighted area of land to find out more about that acquisition – from how it was funded to who the original owner was.

The war memorials view shows you the story behind the approximately 170 memorials on our land, and a further 140 memorials, which are connected with our places, the donor families or estate workers.

Getting started

The Land Map is an easy way to explore our history. To get started, search by postcode, address or the name of a place, or you can just browse the map and zoom in to the location you’re interested in. You can then:

  • Use the map's first icon (layer list) to tick whether you want to show war memorials, disposals, our land history or leasehold information on the map. Using this icon, you can also choose to see whether land is always open or whether there is limited access
  • Filter the land history and leasehold data by the date range you’re interested in, using the filter icon
  • Change the style of the map you're viewing – from street map to terrain view and more
  • Click on an area of land or war memorial symbol to find out more. Sometimes a place may have multiple records, so look out for the number of pages, displayed at the bottom of the entry

Understanding the key

When you're selecting whether you want to view land aquisitions or war memorials, if you expand all the options, you’ll see a key, showing the symbols used in the map. For instance, the colour of the land shows you the date range in which it was acquired and war memorials are marked with a red or black poppy, depending on their location.

Would you like more advice on using this tool? The question mark icon allows you to discover more about how to use the Land Map.

View the map full screen (opens in new tab)

Further information

Land History map (layer)

  • The information in the map shows the land acquisitions made by the National Trust from its beginning in 1895 to current date. Please note, information in Land Map is updated based on the Annual Report which is published in September each year. Due to the process of registering land and updating internal databases, new acquisitions could take up to 12-18 months before they appear in Land Map
  • The boundaries shown in the map don’t represent the National Trust’s legal ownership boundaries and can’t be used for this purpose
  • Only freehold acquisitions are currently shown, but the National Trust also leases some land, holds restrictive covenants over some land (this imposes a restriction on the use of land, so that the value and enjoyment of neighbouring land will be preserved), and holds rights over some land
  • National Trust properties are often a collection of separate land acquisitions, and acquisitions include purchases, gifts, legacies and occasionally land swaps
  • As a large portion of the National Trust’s land is leased to tenants, particularly tenant farmers, the public may have no right of access, except by public right of way

War Memorials map (layer)

  • The majority (approximately 170) of the war memorials are on or inside National Trust properties. We are responsible for caring for most of the memorials, but some are cared for by local community organisations, a religious organisation, or under another arrangement
  • The remainder of the war memorials (approximately 140) have an historic connection with a National Trust property. For example, either the National Trust or the then owner has contributed land, or the owner sponsored the construction of the memorial, or in some cases, there’s a connection between the owner, members of the family, tenants or estate workers with someone named on the memorial
  • Some war memorials are accessible by public right of way, but those inside buildings or in the grounds of National Trust properties are only accessible during opening hours. It’s also worth noting that the few which are inside tenanted properties are not accessible to the public

The War Memorial symbol has been sourced from and created by Freepik.

If you spot any errors with the map please contact us