Academic Writing Task 1 #28 Map – development of a village

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Chorleywood is a village near London whose population has increased steadily since the middle of the nineteenth century. The map below shows the development of the village.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


The map shows how a village called Chorleywood developed over a period of 126 years. Overall, it saw considerable growth, both in the establishment of new residential areas and transportation routes, which occurred over four phases.

From 1868 to 1883 there were only two main roads in the region with Chorleywood covering a small area along one of them. Over the next 40 years, the village grew southward alongside the road and a railway was built in 1909 passing through this part. Chorleywood station is also located in this area of the village.

Over the period between 1922 and 1970, the railway was the line along which Chorleywood expanded, both towards the east and west. However, a motorway was constructed in 1970 parallel to one of the main roads and further development of the village occurred around its intersections with the other main road and the railway between 1970 and 1994. Furthermore, Chorleywood Park and Golf course is now located in an area enclosed by the two main roads, the railway and this motorway.

(174 words)