Medieval London

A map of London about 1270 to 1300

We have published a Map of Medieval London.  Following the success of the Map of Tudor London, we have produced a companion to show London at the height of the medieval period. The map shows London between 1270 and 1300 when its population reached a peak then not reached again until the mid 16th century.

The map covers the same geographical extent as the map of Tudor London and at the same scale (our standard scale of 1:2500), and also shows Westminster about 1290.  On the reverse of the map we show Lambeth at the same period — the Archbishop of Canterbury's London home had been established by them, along with a small community to service it.

The map is based on the map of London c.1270 which appeared in the Atlas of London up to 1520, but completely revised to take into account the many discoveries — archaeological and historical — that have been made over the past 35 years. Every item on the source map has been reviewed and many changes made.  We have also shown new features such as the water pipes and conduits which brought 'sweet' water to the City; vineyards and orchards; and the new works at the Tower being built by Edward I.

The team of historians working on the map is led by Professors Caroline Barron and Vanessa Harding with contributions by Professor Martha Carlin on Southwark, Dr Nick Holder on the religious houses and Tim Tatton-Brown on Westminster and Lambeth.

The map now also features as one of the map layers on the Layers of London website where it can be seen in context. Users can look at a modern map and maps of different date, including the Map of Tudor London, and vary the transparency of them for comparison purposes.  The Layers of London site also has a lot of photographs and social history attached to it and is a great resource for the local and family historian.

Published on October 21st 2019, price £9.99.

March 2021 update: the map has been reprinted with minor corrrections.

ISBN: 978-0-9934698-5-5

A Layers of London webinar where the Trust's cartographer, Giles Darkes, explains how the map and its sister map of Tudor London were created is available to watch on YouTube .

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