London Maps

(See Town/City Maps for details about map scales and the Note at the end of that file.)

Start with the 25-inch Ordnance Survey maps at British History.

The Digital Archives also has the same for 1862-1872 on sale in CD-ROM at Digital Archives.

1897-1900, see Charles Booth’s survey of London poverty. The various maps show the streets with color indicators for the different social classes. A complete study is on-line at Charles Booth Online Archive. Less useful for lack of indexing is the facsimile available at BYU under Map Case G 5754 .L7E625 1889 .B6.

1888, see The A to Z of Victorian London (FHL 942.1/L1 E7v). It contains a slightly reduced version of Bacon’s atlas. Page 1 is a guide to the 9-inch maps (34 sheets) of central London. Page 2 is a guide to the 4-inch maps (25 sheets) of greater London. There are indexes to parishes and cemeteries on pages 121-122 and a street index on pages 130-140. BYU has Bacon’s map for the same general time period that shows the suburbs. (Map Case G 5754 .L7P2 1861 .B3)

1885, see "Boundary Commission Maps" for London boroughs at LondonAncestors

1862, Stanford’s map of London and suburbs is on a 6-inch scale and is indexed. It is on-line at MOTCO Image Database available for sale on CD-ROM.

1819, Horwood’s plan of London, Westminster and Southwark in a 26-inch scale is one of the best for detailed research. The 4th edition was revised by Faden. (FHL Map Table 942.1/L1 E7ho) The 3rd edition but at half scale is in The A to Z of Regency London (FHL 942.1/L1 E7a and BYU Map Collection Quarto G 1819 .L7 A86x 1985). This book is especially valuable for the place index that starts on page 82. The 1st edition of Horwood, 1792-99, is on-line at MOTCO Image Database.

1746, Rocque’s plan of London, Westminster and Southwark is in a 26-inch scale on 24 sheets. A full-sized facsimile is at the FHL (942.1 E3r X Large Folio). The original is on-line at MOTCO Image Database. The A to Z of Georgian London (FHL 942.1/L1 E7rj and BYU Map Collection G 1819 .L7 R553 1982) is a reprint at half scale but with an improved index starting on page 50. BYU also has a facsimile on 16 sheets at a much smaller scale (Folio G 1819 .L65 R62x).

1676, see The A to Z of Restoration London (FHL 942.1/L1 E7ar). It contains a full-sized facsimile of Ogilby & Morgan’s map of the City of London at a 53-inch scale. There is a place index starting on page 82.

1585-1614, see John Schofields’s The London Surveys of Ralph Treswell (FHL 942.1/L1 R2t). Treswell surveyed various parts of London, Westminster, and Southwark. The maps reproduced by Schofield often show the names of owners/occupiers of property. The map on pages 12-13 indicates the location of the houses surveyed. The index includes both personal and place names.

1560, The A to Z of Elizabethan London (FHL 942.1/L1 E7e) contains facsimiles of two maps of interest. The most helpful is the “Agas” map with a scale of 28-inch. Modern spellings or changed place names are overprinted in red on the map. The index starts on page 33. The agas map is online at MAPCO

1520, see volume 3 of The British Atlas of Historic Towns (FHL Q 942 E2h). The scale of the map is 25-inch. It includes parish boundaries. The map is preceded by a gazetteer on pages 63-99.


Note: John Speed’s 17th century maps of London and Westminster are on-line at John Speed. See the note at the end of Town/City Maps on how to find other London maps at the FHL. Over 70 maps for London are on-line at Gen Maps and some 73 maps at MAPCO. To learn about other map sites on the web, start with http://www.maphistory.info/imagebi.html

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