A Sense of Place: West Sussex Parish Maps by Kim C Leslie. Published 01 Nov 2006 by West Sussex Country Council.
ISBN: 0862605644 Hardback £35 in the shops, £29.50 mail order from WSCC or a mere £20 if you collect it from the County Records Office in Chichester yourself - details
This book is a sumptuously illustrated account of West Sussex through the medium of the village maps produced for the Millennium. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the county or its history.
As most Cocking residents will know, our famous Cocking History Column is unique among Millennium Maps in being a column rather than a traditional flat map. The Column was unveiled by Lady Cowdray on 15 April 2005, a little late for the Millennium, but the bronze spiral history of the village since Domesday, the two bronze maps, column and plinth took a lot of organising for a village of little over 400 souls.
Kim Leslie, author of the book and Director of the Millennium Maps Project (now known as the Parish Maps Project), is well known to those involved in the project locally and he spoke at the unveiling ceremony.
In the afternoon of 'Unveiling Day' there was a freak hail storm that blocked the road up to the South Downs behind the village. Your Webmaster took the opportunity of snapping the column in those unique weather conditions. Three of those photographs, including the one on the right, are to be found in the book's entry for Cocking and Kim also plugged this web site - so buy the book!
Parish Maps Project website