The fascinating history of this iconic city — on a map

The Historic Towns Trust has published a sheet map of historic Oxford.  Based on a digitised version of the Ordnance Survey map of Oxford published in 1876, the Historical Map shows the city's main medieval and post-medieval buildings (whether lost or still standing in 1876) against the background of the city in Victorian times.

The map carries a gazetteer and illustrations on the reverse, introducing and explaining Oxford's most important buildings: the castle, the colleges and the great public and university buildings, like the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera.

The map is folded like an Ordnance Survey map, and the card cover carries an informative and readable introduction to Oxford's history, written by Alan Crossley, the editor of the Historic Towns Atlas of Oxford which is in preparation.

An extract from the map showing how medieval (gold) and post-medieval (pink) buildings, defences and ditches are shown

Part of the gazetteer on the reverse of the map of the first edition.  The second edition will be in full colour throughout

The first edition went out of print in 2018, but a new edition will be published in May 2021, updated, with a fully revised gazetteer, and printed in full colour throughout. 

ISBN of the new edition: 978-0-9934698-9-3

Price: £9.99

Published by the Historic Towns Trust as part of its Town & City Historical Maps series.

Note that the Historic Towns Trust does not sell its maps directly, but they can be easily obtained from bookshops or on-line book retailers. Copies of the first edition (ISBN 978-0-9934698-0-0) sometimes come up secondhand on well-known websites.