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Best sources foir local maps?

Postby ajax010 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:46 pm

I'd like to be able to trace various streets (no longer in existence) in both south London and Liverpool in the late 1800s. I know I can buy "old" maps online, but would like recommendations regarding which are most likely to provide the detail I require....
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Re: Best sources foir local maps?

Postby Emmeline » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:45 pm

I can't help with the Liverpool map but for London I use this site all the time:

Also online I used Charles Booth's Poverty Maps:
It shows copies of the 1898/99 and 2000 maps simultaneously. I've also got a paper copy of this.

I've also got these from 1863 and the detail is brilliant: ... 514&sr=8-1

For later maps, I use this AtoZ London Historical Edition: ... 612&sr=8-1
This is very useful as it was printed just before WW2 when south London suffered severely in the Blitz and then massively redeveloped.

I'm a bit of a map freak :?
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Re: Best sources foir local maps?

Postby Sylcec » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:49 am

For London in the second half of the 19th century, the Stanford Maps are my favourite, see: . At 6inches to the mile, they include detail of buildings.
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Re: Best sources foir local maps?

Postby brickmaker » Wed May 16, 2012 9:19 am

In the late 1800s, the Ordnance Survey mapped many GB towns at a scale of 1/500 (approx 8 feet to 1 mile - very large scale) but only if the local authority was prepared to underwrite sales. In any event, around this time, all towns were also mapped at a scale of 1/2500 (25 inches to 1 mile). Many of these maps are now available through local libraries, or contact the Ordnance Survey at Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS. If they don't currently sell them, they will be able to tell you where you can get a copy.
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Re: Best sources foir local maps?

Postby ritah » Wed May 16, 2012 3:29 pm


I have always used, very reasonably priced (£2.25 each last time I bought any). There should be several maps from the 1905 Ordnance Survey for Liverpool and dozens for London areas from 1867 onwards depending on the area, they also show large scale plans for London. The ones I have used have shown great detail allowing me to pinpoint exact houses etc.

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Re: Best sources for local maps?

Postby Pertinax » Wed May 16, 2012 10:51 pm

I suggest you look at .
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