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Historical maps online – update

Historical maps have continued to appear online since the last Cutlock & Co article on the subject back in March 2012 {1}. Here are some fairly recent additions and relevant news items.

Also, a new reference page has been created: Press, maps, images. Combining the Visual Resources section of the Research Links page with newspaper archives links and tips.

Welsh places

Help wanted: A project launched in October 2013 is asking for help with “collecting all the names of places and features in Wales from the Ordnance Survey’s six-inch to a mile maps of c. 1900.” “By contributing to this project you’ll be helping to compile the most detailed list of historic places in Wales.” Cymru 1900 Wales link: update June 2019, site is unresponsive, has the project finished?

Peoples Collection Wales has a Places section where you can view old Ordnance Survey maps, 1st to 4th Edition (1868 to 1954), and also add your own photos/videos/trails. UPDATE late Feb 2014: the site has been revamped, Places has become ‘locate’ and there seems to be a whole host of glitches (e.g. the map doesn’t work on my Firefox browser!).

Tonypandy OS first edition (1868-92)
Tonypandy OS first edition (1868-92) extract

Old London, courtesy of Scotland

From Who Do You Think You Are magazine: One of the most detailed maps of Victorian London ever produced is now available to view on the web. The National Library of Scotland has scanned and uploaded the Ordnance Survey’s five-feet to the mile map of London from 1893-1896 to its website.


British Library

The British Library has added map images (from across the world) to its Flickr account. See this Maps album (collated by community members) or using Map tag (tags defunct Feb. 2020?). From Who Do You Think You Are magazine, Feb 2014.

News, old and new

Recently added to a couple of Manchester map resources listed on our page: online versions of Old Maps of Lancashire produced by the county council’s Archaeology Service (again sourced from WDYTYA mag).

The Ancestry family history research site added links through to old maps from some of its records back in December 2012.

From April 2011 via The Wandering Genealogist: Published 400 years ago, the first comprehensive atlas of Great Britain is being celebrated by Cambridge University Library, home to one of only five surviving proof sets, all of which differ in their composition. Also see John Speed proof maps page for high quality scans of each county in England and Wales, plus Scotland, Isle of Man, CI, Ireland.

From the 1611 Somerset map, Merriott appears as Meryot, while Crewkerne might be Crokethorne.

UPDATE: new March 2014, National Library of Scotland also has online 1842 to 1852 OS maps for England and Wales.


1. Earlier Cutlock & Co article: Exploring Historical Maps. Reference/research page: Newspapers, maps, images.

2. The simple (current) Google Maps view of articles by location category has been reactivated, on the Places page.






One response to “Historical maps online – update”

  1. Stuart Marsden | Vintage Art avatar

    The National Library of Scotland is a great rescourse for old maps. They have a great zoom in button on all there maps which is great for finding great detail about the historical changes through the ages. Old maps of London are fascinating, the earlier the better in my opinion. Thanks for this information Kindest regards Stuart

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