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Durham County Record Office: the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington

Searching Maps

You can use the 'Search' function within the mapping window to find a specific location or particular information on the map in a number of ways:

  • By Location (using a postcode, town, street or road)
  • By Address
  • Using Co-ordinates
  • Using 'Find My Nearest'

By Location

Simply choose a 'Type of Search' (postcode, town, street or road) from the list and enter a keyword before clicking the 'Search' button. For example, you could choose a 'Town' search and enter the keyword 'Durham'.

Search Results

Search results which match your criteria will be presented as a clickable list. Simply click on the feature name to place it in the centre of the map.

In some cases, where two features are similar, you will be asked to confirm the location which best suits your search, simply scroll through the list to find the feature which is most relevant to you. If you require 'more info' about a particular feature, select the 'Identify Tool' and then click on the feature on the map. Click on the 'more info' link in the list to take you back to the relevant information on an external website, (where available).

Searching Loaded Layers

If you have previously added layers to the map, the 'loaded layers' will appear in the 'Type of Search' list. This function allows you to search an individual layer by keyword. For example, you may use this function to search the 'secondary schools' layer for features that include the keyword 'Spennymoor'.

Address Search

Use the 'Address Search' to search for individual address features or alternatively identify a particular address from the map by using the identify tool (with your mouse) to point and click on building.

Search Using Co-ordinates

Use the 'Coordinate Search' to find a location based on a pair of six figure coordinates. The Coordinate tool can also be used to view the coordinate location of any feature on the map.

Find My Nearest

Use the 'My Nearest' function to search for features that are near to a particular postcode, town or street.

Please Note: In order to use the 'my nearest' function, you must have added at least one layer to the map. See 'Adding map layers' for details. Please note that a maximum of three layers can be added to the map at any one time.

Once map layers have been added to the map, the 'My Nearest' function will display 'loaded layers' as a list. Start by selecting one of the loaded layers in which you would like to find your nearest feature. Next, choose the 'type of search' you require, i.e. postcode, town or street. Finally, enter a keyword and click the 'Search' button. In some cases, where two locations are similar, you will be asked to confirm the location which best suits your search, simply click on the postcode, town or street name which is most relevant to you.