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Regional Spotlight: Historical land contamination in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a rich and diverse history, which goes as far back as the Vikings, the Angles and the Romans. Yorkshire was a hub of industrialisation, with industries such as textiles, coal, iron and steel forming the base of the industrial revolution in Yorkshire, and the north of England1. The remnants of this rapid urbanisation...

Ceri Sansom discusses the National Archives WW1 report

Sometimes it’s interesting to have a different perspective and recently I was reintroduced to Historic England’s First World War National Factories Assessment (2015). It takes a historical perspective on the development of the nationally operated factories from World War 1.  They chart the social changes and architectural developments of the time, as well as being...

The clue is in the name

The maps plans and charts that the specialists at Mining Searches UK (MSUK) consider for mining risk assessments vary widely and can include written documents, plans and sections of underground workings and surface plans, even plans jotted down back of a cigarette packet style. As a result, the information shown on the plans is viewed...

Coastal retreat at Birling Gap

Coastal erosion is a hot topic at the moment, but it is nothing new. Groundsure have been thinking about coastal erosion for a long time; back in 2015 our Head of Product Development, Dominic Tubb, wrote an interesting piece on coastal retreat at Birling Gap utilising our high resolution historical mapping. Fast forward to today,...

Old gas works, new pollution

Brighton is famous for lots of things but surfing is not one. The surf in Brighton is small and infrequent however that does not mean there is a void of impassioned surfers wanting to get in the water at every opportunity. After a long lockdown, the first really swell and surfable waves came to Brighton...

Are we really escaping to the country?

There has been a lot of speculation1, 2, 3 that the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to a reshaping of the property market, as it shifts away from the focus on cities and commuter belts, and moves towards more rural locations as people have proved quite conclusively that their job does not require them to be...

The importance of accurate coastal erosion data

Groundsure GeoRisk reports utilise and visualise the latest National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping (NCERM) from the Environment Agency and National Resources Wales to show exactly which areas will be at risk in both the scenario where local coastal defences are funded and maintained and additionally if defences were not present, or unfunded and abandoned (a...