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PostSubject: Old Maps of Great Britain   Tue 16 Oct 2012, 14:06

Two links to old maps of Great Britain, please add any other links you find or know about;

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/map.aspx
(enter town or post code in search box)

http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/maps/
(cursor on OS maps starts at Workington in Cumbria)
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Tue 16 Oct 2012, 16:25

I've added the NLS site as it's more appropriate here.

http://maps.nls.uk/
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Wed 17 Oct 2012, 10:13

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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Wed 17 Oct 2012, 14:02

This is mostly European maps, with a few others;

http://www.euratlas.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Thu 18 Oct 2012, 21:47

I've just been to lecture on the Geddy map of St Andrews
http://maps.nls.uk/towns/detail.cfm?id=215

Although the map is thought to have been drawn in its final form onto a single sheet of paper around 1580, the individual sections that were brought together and assembled are believed to be almost 40 years earlier and by other hands. The final version has been misaligned to show the main thoroughfares as being parallel when in fact they converge to the east and this was one of the reasons why, for many years, it was not recognised as being an accurate rendition. In fact archaeological examination, some by the speaker, has proved that the representations are, apart from this and some artistic license regarding the heights of towers, very accurate down to the positions of indivdual doors and windows, blocked features etc. Many of the buildings are still recognisable, others are still extant behind later façades and the foundations of more have been found.

Norm, you'll like the ships with the tenders and those in the harbour keeled over since the tide is out.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Fri 19 Oct 2012, 16:06

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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Wed 03 Apr 2013, 13:38

Somewhere we also had a thread about strange maps but these images belong here as well:

Here's England on the left and Scotland on the right:



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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Wed 03 Apr 2013, 14:04

Nah, Wales is a pig's head, Ireland a sideways small dog and the Mull of Kintyre is a - work that one out for yourself.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Wed 03 Apr 2013, 15:12

This interactive map of London takes a bit of work to understand. It's based on Rocque's map and the idea is that you can run a search for specific things based on the supplied databases and the results will be graphically applied to the map. You can also do a "then and now" comparison by dragging the Google Maps man over to one of Rocque's streets which will then switch to the modern street view (use "x" to go back to Rocque).

Black death fatalities for example can be selected by year(s) or area(s) and then represented on the map by pins or other symbols. Likewise if you go into the justice database you can find murders. The databases cover from the early medieval up to the Victorian era.


Locating London's Past
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Fri 05 Apr 2013, 09:40

A short film about Hereford's Mappa Mundi;

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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Fri 05 Apr 2013, 12:45

The first comprehensive Ordnance Survey map of the entire British Isles made available to the public was that of 1840. With this interactive map of the England, Scotland and Wales portions one can home in on any area and even generate a Google satellite image of the equivalent view today. Navigating is a bit clunky as one cannot "slide" through the images but must click on an area to make that the centre of the next view. However it's worth it.

Brirish History Online: Ordnance Survey Map, England Scotland and Wales, 1840

British History Online is a fantastic resource, for those of you who hadn't come across it yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Fri 05 Apr 2013, 13:16

The National Library of Scotland's online maps is a great resource for maps (just of Scotland, of course but 48000 of them), from the 1560s to the 1920s. Easy to use too. http://maps.nls.uk/

Among the treasures are the late 16th c. Pont maps http://maps.nls.uk/pont/

and the Roy maps. The 1747-1755 military survey http://maps.nls.uk/roy/index.html

and the 1793 Roman military antiquities survey. http://maps.nls.uk/roy/antiquities/
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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Fri 05 Apr 2013, 13:52

Map Man, with Nicholas Crane, sometimes appears on BBC2 on a Saturday morning, covered many of the old maps;

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PostSubject: Re: Old Maps of Great Britain   Fri 05 Apr 2013, 22:57

@nordmann wrote:
British History Online is a fantastic resource, for those of you who hadn't come across it yet.
I hadn't come across it - and yes what a site.

Thanks for the link. Brilliant!
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