Oxford

Oxford Radcliffe Square map
Publish date: 
2021

Oxford is one of Europe's most important and well-known university cities, famous for the quantity and quality of the buildings in its historic core.  Although the city has been the subject of many studies, the Historic Towns Atlas will present the history of its growth for the first time through a series of high-quality maps consistently charting its development and expansion across time.  Until late in its history, the core of the city was contained within its medieval town walls, with a pattern of settlement that became progressively more dense. Finally in the late 18th and early 19th century it burst out to create its famous northern suburbs for the wealthy, as well as the intensively settled suburbs built for workers as its industrial production expanded.

The atlas will include an introductory text prepared by Alan Crossley (Victoria County History of Oxfordshire), Julian Munby (Oxford Archaeology) and Malcolm Graham (Former Head of Oxfordshire Studies) It also has contributions from Paul Booth, Philip Powell and Elizabeth Stafford.  It will have a comprehensive gazetteer of this important university, city and county town with entries on all the principal buildings, structures and streets shown on the maps which in itself will be a great asset to researchers.

The atlas will contain a series of maps of the city at the main points in its development: 1050, 1150, 1279, 1400, 1500, 1578, during the Civil War, 1675 and in 1800.  These maps have been produced to a common scale and use common symbology.  The atlas also contains a map of parishes, both medieval and in 1879, a map of the Liberty of Oxford, and reproductions of some of the seminal maps of the city such as Ralph Agas's and David Loggan's.

In addition, there will be a detailed map of the city at 1:2500 showing all the sites of Oxford's most important buildings and structures on a base map of c.1870, the first time that such a map of the city has been made.

The volume will also have a 1" OS map of the mid 19th century rescaled to 1:50,000, aerial photographs of the city centre, and many pages of illustrations.

The maps, text, gazetteer and illustrations are presented in an A3 stiff card binder, and the format allows for maps of different date to be compared side-by-side.

Oxford atlas progress report -  the atlas has gone to press

The atlas has gone to press and will be published in the autumn of 2021.  The project has involved a huge amount of research and scholarship, all of which takes time, as you will no doubt appreciate, but the atlas will contribute substantially to the body of work on the history of Oxford on its publication. Thank you to all our generous donors for bearing with us on this project, and we very much look forward to the book's launch.