Winchester Atlas published on November 15th!

Historic Towns Atlas volume VI - Winchester - was published on November 15th.  After many years work and huge effort by a team of researchers, led by Professor Martin Biddle of Oxford University and the Winchester Excavations Committee, the atlas was published on the 15th of November. It was officially launched that day in Winchester's Guildhall where a large group of guests was able to inspect the atlas. Sales were brisk!

Our thanks to the Mayor of Winchester and Winchester City Council for generously hosting the occasion and making it such a success.

Stocks of the book are now at the distributors in the UK, and those who have pre-ordered a copy should receive it very soon. For those of you who have ordered copies from Oxbow Books, your copies will be despatched from the week beginning Monday 20th November.

The atlas (also published as volume 11 of the ongoing Winchester Studies series) is the most comprehensive that the Trust has yet published.  It has an extensive introductory text explaining Winchester's development as England's second-most important pre-Conquest city, and its subsequent development as a royal, then legal and commercial stronghold, its gentle decline in importance and its resurgence as a prosperous county town and tourist destination. There are about 80+ illustrations covering all aspects of its urban landscape, and about 18 colour maps, as well as many additional maps illustrating specific themes in Winchester's history.

The atlas will be a major contribution to urban history.

The atlas will retail for £70.00, but has an offer price of £55.00 which will be valid until the end of December 2017.  The book is available from your usual bookseller, or can be ordered at the offer price directly from Oxbow Books ; you can download an order form from our webpage order form. Further details about the atlas can be found can be found on the atlas's webpage.

Hull map wins a prize

The recently published Historical Map of Kingston upon Hull has been awarded a prize by the British Cartographic Society at its annual symposium held jointly with the Society of Cartographers between the 5th and the 7th September at Redworth Hall, Darlington, County Durham.

The map, published to coincide with Hull's status as UK City of Culture 2017, was awarded a 'Commended' in the Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping, an open competition which attracted about 30 entries this year.  In a year when the BCS withheld several of its awards because the judges did not consider that entrants were of high enough standard, the Stanfords Award proved to be the opposite and a Highly Commended prize was awarded, as well as the Stanfords Prize itself.

It is very gratifying that the effort which went into researching and designing the map has been recognised by the UK's largest gathering of cartographers.

The Historical Map of Hull is different in format from the maps of Winchester and Oxford which we have published to date.  For a start, the map is based on the city as it appeared in the 1920s, rather than in the mid nineteenth century. Hull developed as a major industrial centre as well as a port, and the date of the map reflects the many factory, foundry and shipbuilding premises which peppered the city by that time.  Secondly, the map is based on a series of Ordnance Survey map sheets (the 1928 edition of the 1:2500 County Series) which appears in the background. As with our other maps, the major medieval and post-medieval buildings have been picked out.

The map sheet is also bigger (1000 x 890 mm), allowing more of the city to be seen at the scale of 1:2500.

A city whose history is too often overlooked

Hull has a good claim to be one of Yorkshire's most historic cities - many people are not aware of just how much history can be found there. This new map summarises for the first time many aspects of Hull's past. 

The map was published on May 5th and launched at the end of May in an event held at the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation - in Old Town, Hull. Its appearance coincides with the publication of a major new history of the city, written by eminent Hull-based authors and published by Liverpool University Press.

Publication of the map has been made possible by a generous grant from the Marc Fitch Fund, and we are very pleased to acknowledge the trustees' generosity in supporting this project and to thank them.

The map is available to buy through local booksellers in Hull, the Hull History Centre, Hull's museum shops, or by ordering through any bookshop or on-line book retailer.  The Historic Towns Trust does not sell its publications directly, but they are easy to obtain by order - please buy it locally in Hull or order it through your usual book retailer, quoting the ISBN: 978-0-9934698-2-4.  Retail price: £8.99.

A new historical map of Winchester published

Following on the success of the Historical Map of Oxford, the HTT and the Winchester Excavations Committee have published a similar map of Winchester.

An extract from the principal map in the forthcoming volume on Winchester has been published as a folded sheet map, with a card cover. The map shows the city of Winchester in about 1800, with all the main medieval and post-medieval public buildings marked.

A similar map was published in 2012 by Old House Books, now out of print.  This new map represents a substantially revised and updated version of that map, in a new easier-to-use format. The map has more medieval buildings shown than on the first edition, including the sites of the lost Old Minster and New Minster and their associated buildings, and recent archaeological finds including the huge medieval hall at St Cross.


The front cover of the map

The map has an illustrated gazetteer of Winchester's main buildings on the reverse, with readable and concise historical information.  The illustrations are now in full colour and include many pictures of Winchester never before published.

An extract from the gazetteer

The map was published on 22nd October 2016 and is available in Winchester outlets, by order through any bookshop or through on-line retailers.

Publication of the map has been made possible by a very generous grant from the Avocet Charitable Trust and we would like to thank the Trust for its kind help.

Price £8.99   ISBN 978-0-9934698-1-7

Historic Towns Atlas of York featured in The Times and the Yorkshire Post

The Times newspaper of Saturday 10th September 2016 (page 82) has an article about the British Historic Towns Atlas volume on York.  In discusssion with the volume's editor, Dr Peter Addyman, the Times's archaeology correspondent Norman Hammond shows how valuable the atlas is in illustrating York's complex and evolving history. Mr Hammond also discusses the genesis of the atlas project and what the future may hold for digital versions of the York atlas, and also other atlases in the continuing series.  Mr Hammond describes how York, as a Northern powerhouse, 'has been splendidly documented' by the atlas.

The Yorkshire Post of Saturday 15th October, in its colour Magazine, also featured an article about Dr Addyman and the atlas under the heading 'Chart legend' (pages 14 and 15). The article, as well as giving a good overview of the importance of the York atlas, sets the atlas in the context of the British Historic Towns Atlas project in general.

York volume goes to a third print

We're delighted to announce that the latest volume from the Historic Towns Trust - York - has continued to sell well and as a result, has undergone a third printing, to ensure that stocks do not run out.

The atlas is in the new format of a portfolio of maps, illustrations and text. It has 25 or so sheets of maps and illustrations, with more than 80 illustrations of the city (including reproductions of some of York's earliest and most interesting historic maps). The atlas includes an informative and very readable introduction to the history of York.

The cover of the volume on York


The atlas can be ordered through any bookshop, on-line or direct from Oxbow Books - price £70.00.

Using atlas material

The Historic Towns Trust is always pleased when researchers use maps from the Historic Towns Atlas volumes for research and illustrative purposes.  Recently, we've given permission to use two maps of Cambridge from volume II to be adapted as illustrations for a collection of essays on Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge. We've also been asked if the map of London in 1520 can be used and enhanced with additional information on legal inns in the Holborn area.

Further details on how to ask permission for use of maps can be found here.  If it's for a legitimate purpose that complements the HTT's charitable aims, we usually say 'yes'!