London Maps

(See Town and 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 online 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)

1862, Stanford's map of London and suburbs is on a 6-inch scale and is indexed. It is online at www.stanfords.co.uk.

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. Horwood's plan is also available on the British Library website.

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). Rocque’s plan is also available on the British Library website. 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 online at John Speed. See the note at the end of Town and City Maps on how to find other London maps at the FHL. Over 70 maps for London are online at Gen Maps and some 73 maps at MAPCO. To learn about other map sites on the web, start here.