1852 Cadastral Maps of Wola Sękowa

This is a series of 37 photographs of the 1852 cadastral (tax) map of Wola Sekowa graciously provided to us by Bukowsko Triangle member Larry Bell. This map also comes with an index (not available here).

Click here to download the maps.

As Larry observed, most cadastral maps have only numbered plots and the index allows on to see the names associated with the plots. On this particular map, most plots have names and house numbers, so the index doesn't add much.

Furthermore, Larry has this to say about the maps.

Wola Sękowa covers a large area. Most of it was subdivided into long strips of land. The baron owned a significant percentage, but not as much as you would expect. He also owned land in neighboring towns.

Put all the maps together and you will see long strips of land from east to west, from one edge of the town to the other.

The Greek Catholic church and cemetery is found on section05_quad1.jpg in the upper left hand corner. The crossroads and the future location of the emigrant's chapel is in the middle of the same page. The road going off to the right is the road to Wola Jaworowa.

Looking at a modern map for comparison, you will see a dramatic difference. In 1852, people were living all over and farming everywhere. Today, the population is only about 200 instead of 1000+, so the town is much smaller. The town was essentially destroyed in 1946. In looking at the old maps, you really get an idea of what a happening place it once was.

Organization

If you want to print out all of the maps and connect them, here's how they're organized --

The map is represented in 14 sections; each section contains up to four quadrants. Some sections (the ones representing the edges of the town) are complete despite not containing all four quadrants, as in the example below.

The 37 files on this site contain the section and quadrant number in their names (e.g. section09_quad3.jpg). The filenames should be pretty easy to relate to the numbers on the map (although the maps designate the quadrants with Roman numerals rather than Arabic).

The quadrants within each section are laid out clockwise starting with I (1) in the upper-lefthand corner. For example, here's the layout of section 6. Note that this is the northeastern part of Wola Sekowa and so there's no quad 2 (II) for this section.

The sections themselves are laid out in numerical order, top to bottom, left to right.