Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 145 - Village of Stokeford in 1930 and 2010

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Map:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The maps below show the village of Stokeford in 1930 and 2010.

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

» Write at least 150 words.

Map - Village of Stokeford in 1930 and 2010

Sample Answer:
The pictures illustrate the development of the village of Stokeford that have taken place over a period of 80 years. In general, it is clearly shown that River Stoke and a bridge remained unchanged throughout the given period of time and many more houses had been constructed in 2010.

There were major changes in the village of Stokeford over the years. First of all, the shops located in the east of River Stoke were destroyed and more houses were built in 2010. The next noticeable feature is that the farmland in 1930 was demolished and it was converted into residential places with new roads being constructed. Furthermore, primary school was developed in 2010 and it was almost doubled in 2010 compared to 1930. Part of the gardens in 1930 was used for the residential purpose by building more rows of houses near the main road. The left-over garden with a large house was then developed into a retirement home in 2010.

[ Written by - Lee Wing Qeen ]

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.90 (45 Votes)

Add comment

Security code


+1 # Dennis Victor 2018-09-11 23:27
Do we need to mention directions as well while explaining the map?
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+1 # Rupinder Singh 2018-06-17 07:13
I can be a really helpful person.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+15 # Yna 2018-01-16 18:59
The maps illustrate the development carried-out in the town of Stokeford between 1930 and 2010. In general, Stokeford town witnessed a dramatic transformation especially with the expense of farmlands to meet its increasing population.

In the commencement, exactly 10 houses surrounded the village. The number increased five times by 2010. Moreover, a large proportion of Stokeford was occupied by farmlands in its north-eastern and south-western parts. In 2010, these were totally transformed into residential areas, building massive numbers of houses. The shops in the east of Stoke River were also replaced with townhouses with new roads being constructed.

Furthermore, the primary school remained in the same area in the central part of the town, however, it later extended with two additional buildings. The huge house located in the far east of Stoke River was expanded and converted into a retirement home in 2010. The garden surrounding it was then occupied by rows of neighbouring houses.

Over the eight-year period, the post office, bridge, and Stoke River maintained distinct areas despite the extensive constructions in the surrounding areas.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+5 # Hiba 2017-08-12 10:34
The two given maps illustrate the layout of Stokeford village in 1930 and 2010 reflecting changes that had happened in the village during this eighty years’ period.

In 1930 the Sotockford village had two large farmlands for cattle, a primary school, a post office, shops, a large garden and some housing areas. There was a bridge on the north side of the stock river which runs on the west side of the village. It is noticeable that a large portion of the village had open space.

During eighty years, several refurbishments had been done, for instance, the farmlands disappeared, the primary school has been extended, a great number of new houses were built along the both sides of the main road that connects the bridge to the village. Also, the central garden disappeared and the large house has been enlarged and transformed into a retirement home. Shops near the post office are no longer present and most of the houses were built near the roads.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+1 # Tanu 2017-08-11 12:29
Hi, please send me latest tasks of IELTS writing module.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+5 # IELTS Admin 2016-08-02 18:54
Vocabulary related to describing Maps:

Topography: The arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area.

Example: The provided maps depict the topography of Stokeford in 1930 and 2010.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
-1 # Lekanaramideh 2017-08-22 10:47
This is not a map, it's simply a layout.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+9 # Shob 2016-07-26 18:29
The given maps depict the topography of Stokeford in 1930 and 2010. It can be clearly seen that lots of changes had taken place in Stokeford in 2010 than that of 1930’s Stokeford area.

In 1930, a large portion of the area was used for farming in Stokeford and there were farmlands beside the primary school and the river Stoke. Various houses were built on these farmlands and there was no farmland in 2010. Again, there were two shops in 1930 and they were demolished to build more houses. There was a large house which was surrounded by the Gardens in 1930 and a retirement home was constructed in place of that private property in 2010. Also, more area was allocated for the primary school and there was a rapid expansion to accommodate more students.

In summary, there was a massive change in Stokeford from 1930 to 2000 and all the area allocated to farming in 1930 was allocated to build more houses to meet expanding the population.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+2 # Lee Swet Ying 2016-05-16 07:38
The maps represent changes that took place in the village of Stokeford in 2010 compared to that of 1930.

In 1930’s map, River Stoke river was present and a farmland was located at the right-hand side of the river. However, housing areas replaced it in 2010. The post office building remained the same. Moreover, there were shops next to the post office. It is noticeable that these shops were no longer present in the later year as the place was used to construct a road and more houses were built. Another feature that had been changed was the garden which was located at the centre of the map in 1930. There were trees in the gardens before the houses were built to replace it. Besides, a large house was located inside the gardens in 1930 which was converted to a retirement home in 2010. Farmland was located at the top right-hand corner of the map in 1930 which had also been destroyed. There was no change to the primary school building but two houses were built next to it.

To summarise, the River Stoke, bridge, post office, and the primary school remained the same and many new houses could be observed in the new map.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
-11 # Ravinder Singh 2016-03-08 21:10
Shops are in the west of river Stoke rather than the east. The format is also wrong. It should be like the introduction, paragraph, striking features, paragraph 2, comparison and finally the conclusion.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
+14 # Andrew 2016-03-10 07:18
Are shops in the west of the River? Are you sure? Please double check that and do not forget to read E W S N on the direction. For your kind information conclusion is not mandatory in Academic Task 1.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote