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Nottingham Historical Society

18326 St. Clair Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 44110


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    Perhaps one of our best sources for researching local history is map study!  From land formations, roads & railroads, to property ownership and names of hamlets, villages, etc.,   examining and comparing maps can answer your basic questions and give you an even longer list of questions to follow up on!



    We have provide you  a series of Nottingham related maps.  Our first map,  from the Cuyahoga County Landowner's Plat Map of 1852 (Harris & Blackmore) was compiled by the Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society.   This specific map shows Euclid and East Cleveland Townships.  It comes with an index (not provided).  There are several interesting items to note.  Look at the existing roads and railroads.   "Euclid Depot" has been hand written onto the map (not by us).  It is a great source for local genealogy.




    Our next map, an 1858 map of Euclid Township (Map of Cuyahoga County, Hopkins) clearly labels Euclid Depot in "our" location.   Compare the maps, noting changes in property ownership and additional roads.  




    Next!  The same atlas provided an insert of Euclid Depot, giving us more information about ownership and existing buildings.  Its curious that maps did not include street names at this time.  Euclid Creek is easy to find and the railroad tracks should help you orient.  Euclid Creek's path  has probably changed more than the path of the railroad.  




    Finally!  In 1874, the name Nottingham is used to identify the area (Atlas of Cuyahoga County, Titus, Simmons & Titus).  Streets are finally labeled and a Nottingham Business Directory is included!  The Methodist Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church are labeled.  Clearly the depot is the center of "town".  Nottingham had been temporarily incorporated in 1873 but it remained under township rule until 1899, when  it was again officially incorporated.




    An 1898 Map from Thomas Flynn's Atlas of the Suburbs of Cleveland, shows some growth and some key additions:   The Ursuline Campus in the north west corner and the Interurban Railway (dotted line following Sackett and Gardner Roads).  The M. E. Church has moved across the street and Nottingham School is located in its appropriate spot.  However, with a different shape!   Several allotments seem to be in the planning!




    An 1903 map (see edited version on our Map page to clarify the CP&E Stops) from H.B. Stranahan & Co's Maps of Cuyahoga Co. Outside of Cleveland, gives us a clearer picture of the north end of the village.  




    Another great resource for maps can be accessed through your public library system.  Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provide detailed maps of Nottingham and some of its prominent buildings.  Access the site from the left window and click on "History & Geography", then click to page 2, scroll down to  Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and have fun.  You will need your library card.  Try searching for "Nottingham", "Dille Rd", etc.


Sanborn Maps