Under the preserved common law rule1, published works dealing with matters of a public nature (for example, histories, scientific works, dictionaries and maps) are admissible in civil proceedings2 as evidence of facts of a public nature stated in them3. Thus standard atlases and maps may be used to prove facts of public knowledge4.
An Ordnance Survey map to which no reference is made in the title deeds5 is not admissible6 to show the boundary of a parish7 or the boundary between the lands of adjoining owners8, because when power was conferred to complete the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain it
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