Comberton Village Map

Village Map
Parish Map

My Comberton village map (version 17a of 12 February 2024) is available in several forms. in the table just below. Click on the Size to download or open.
See also further down for Parish base maps, village highlight maps, habitat compartment maps, Explorer maps, and Nature Recovery Network maps.

File Type
an Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) file with full content (best one for printing) (4.3MB)
a high resolution (400dpi) PNG image file (for use on web sites) (2.9MB)
a medium resolution (200dpi) PNG image file (1.0MB)
a low resolution (100dpi) PNG image file (0.3MB)
an Adobe Illustrator cs4 file (for use in graphics design software) (1.6MB)
a zip file of an ESRI File Geodatabase (FGDB - current master version) (0.8MB)
a zip file of ESRI map documents (MXD - to accompany the FGDB) (0.5MB)
a zip file of ESRI LYR layer files (MXD - symbology definitions) (0.5MB)
a zip file of a set of ESRI shapefiles (for transfer into other GIS or mapping software) (0.3MB)
an Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) file of the village centre at 1:7500, filling A3 landscape(for use on a tea towel!) (3.6MB)
an Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) file of the whole parish at 1:13000, filling A3 Portrait) (7.4MB)

Map Creation

This map was initially created by Paul Hardy in his leisure time during February to August 2001. The triggers to its creation were a combination of:

Minor updates were done in October/November 2002, at which point it was adopted by the parish council and two large copies installed in the village (by village pond and near Meridian school). A more major update and revised design was done in October/November 2006, while Paul was working in the USA for ESRI (but visiting Comberton). It was updated again in June 2009, and again in July 2013. A more major update was completed in 2015. It was revised again in late 2019, and in 2020 and 2021 (Coronavirus time), in 2022 (adding a portrait version for the complete parish), and again in February 2024.

The basic steps in the creation of the map were:

Thanks were due to Laser-Scan Ltd, for their permission to use my company laptop computer, their Gothic LAMPS2 mapping software, and other resources for this map creation project. Thanks are also due to Scott Weslford for flying the Cessna for the aerial photography. Thanks go similarly to ESRI Inc in Redlands, California for use of my company laptop and ArcGIS software and services in carrying out the 2006 revision and redesign, and subsequent updates.

The resulting map is intentionally free of Crown or other third party copyright. Paul Hardy grants free use of this map for non-commercial purposes which benefit the village of Comberton, provided that the copyright note and a link to this page is retained. For any commercial use, contact Paul Hardy, 15 Kentings, Comberton, CAMBRIDGE, CB23 7DT, paul at paulhardy dot net. Corrections of errors and ommissions are welcomed.

The current version is A3 landscape format, and includes two images from the village sign (photography by Paul Hardy).

Local accuracy is around 10 metres. The coordinate system is British National Grid (lower left of map is TL3755), with grid spacing of 500m. This map is provided 'as is', based on best effort with limited resources and is not definitive. If you want a definitive map, go to Ordnance Survey!

Archived older versions are available for the August 2001 version (7), November 2002(8), November 2006 (9), June 2009 (10), July 2013 (12) and July 2015 (14) at my archive site.

Tea Towel

The 'tea towel' A3 version was created in June 2009 to help St Mary's church in Comberton, and a second edition produced in 2019/2020. The aim is to give a free map tea towel as part of a welcome pack to all newly arrived residents of Comberton, funded by selling tea towels at church functions. To order tea towels contact Diana Dean on 01223 262813.

Parish Map

The Portrait map version covers the whole parish, and was created in 2020 for a project about parish footpaths. Nominal scale is 1:13,200 at A3 size.

Comberton Base Maps

A simplified version of the main parish map is available as a base map for use in parish projects. This is provided for the whole parish, and and for the South and North halves at larger scale (1:8000)

These were created in April 2024 to help with a Nature Recovery Network project. Click on the Colour or Grayscale column to download or open.

Colour PDF
Grayscale PDF
North Half Colour Grayscale
South Half Colour Grayscale
Whole Parish Colour Grayscale

Comberton Highlight Maps

Churchyard Map
As well as the main village map, I've done a series of 'Highlight' maps of particular areas of interest within the village. These are at much larger scale - around 1:500 at A3 size. The main village map was used as base, with accuracy improved locally by observation and ground survey (pacing out!). Further detail such as major trees and visible graves were added, all to an accuracy of about +/-3m.

The first four of these are of the region around the St Mary's Church in March/April 2020 (during Coronavirus shutdown!) with edits to July 2022, and were created to assist in a community habitat survey and conservancy project. Click on the Colour or Grayscale column to download or open.

Highlight Area
Colour PDF
Grayscale PDF
The walled churchyard with original graveyard Colour Grayscale
The church surrounding area, including the extension graveyard Colour Grayscale
The ancient causeway track leading from the village to the church Colour Grayscale
The churchyard and causeway Colour Grayscale

Churchyard Habitat Map

The following map shows a scheme from May/June 2021, updated as 06a of 26 September 2023, identifying habitat compartments around the church area for better nature conservancy. These involve mowing the grass at different times of year, to allow Spring flowers and Summer plants to thrive, supporting more diversity of plant and animal populations. Click on the Map or Legend column to download or open.

Legend PDF
St Mary's church area proposed habitat compartments Colour map Colour image Legend and management document

Churchyard Explorer Maps

The following maps and associated activities documents suggest two different exploration trails around the churchyard area. Click on the Map or Activities column to download or open.

Activities PDF
St Mary's Churchyard Family Explorer Colour map Family activities
St Mary's Churchyard Plants? Explorer Colour map Plants? Trail

Comberton Nature Recovery Network Maps

The following maps are supporting materials for a possible project to establish a Nature Recovery Network centred around the churchyard area. Click on the Map column to download or open.

Drainage network and catchment areas for Comberton parish Colour map
Nature Corridors from the churchyard Colour map

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