Maps

Historical Town Maps

The Historic Towns Trust produces folded historical maps of towns and cities featured in its atlases, or meriting a map in their own right. They are published by the Historic Towns Trust in its Town & City Historical Maps series.

Each map shows a fascinating summary of the city or town's history, combining an interesting introductory text and a gazetteer giving brief details of the main features shown on the map, or street directory in the case of the Maps of Tudor London and medieval London. The maps also carry illustrations in the form of engravings, watercolours or early photographs and 'topic boxes' relating points of interest specific to the town.

Each map is presented in a card cover (like an OS map), carrying an introduction to the map and a summary of the history of the featured town.  All maps are at a scale of 1:2500 (about 25 inches to the mile).

The maps are available to buy through local booksellers and other outlets in the cities featured, or by ordering through any bookshop or on-line book retailer.  The Historic Towns Trust doesn't sell its publications directly, but they are easy to obtain by order - please order them through your usual book retailer, quoting the ISBN.

The following maps are published by the HTT and available to buy

An Historical Map of Winchester was published in October 2016. It shows a city which had been the administrative centre of a large swathe of Anglo-Saxon England, declined into a country town which had open fields within its walls at the start of the 19th century, before Victorian expansion and modern prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingston upon Hull was published in May 2017.  It is larger in format than Winchester or Oxford, but at the standard scale of 1:2500. 

Hull was a royal foundation (the 'king's town upon the River Hull') and a heavily fortified settlement, with a series of town walls and a large citadel built in the late seventeenth century.  It became a prosperous fishing port and industrial city, as well as a major timber-importing centre.  The map shows the city before bombing in the Second World War changed the appearance and layout of parts of the city centre.  The background map shows the city's warehouses, foundries and expanding pharmaceutical industry superimposed on the medieval core of the island created by making the world's first artificial commercial docks.

Details can be found here.

 

Published in May 2018, and updated in 2020, is the Map of Tudor London, detailing the streets and buildings of England's commercial capital about 1520 - just before the Reformation.  It was a city dominated by its many religious houses and parish churches, but green fields still came up to its medieval walls. Just outside those walls were additional religious houses, some destined to be taken over by the city at the Reformation.  The River Thames was the principal thoroughfare, and just one bridge still spanned the Thames.

 

 

 

 

Published in June 2018 is the Trust's new edition of the Historical Map of York

The map shows a city which still defers to its medieval street pattern.  The background map is a digitised version of large-scale map of the city from 1850 and shows amazing detail of this densely settled city.  The ancient street pattern, the medieval circuit of walls, and the many remaining and lost medieval buidligns are shown in detail.  St Mary's Abbey was the largest monastic foundation in the north of England, and the city was dotted with parish churches - most of which survive.  Domating the whole townscape is the massive presence of the Minster - the largest medieval gothic church in Europe. 

More details about this map - also at our standard scale of 1:2500 - can be found here.

 

To accompany the map of Tudor London, the Map of Medieval London was published in October 2019.  Covering the same area as the map of Tudor London, it shows a city which had a higher population than it did in 1520, but its large institutions (especially the religious houses) were much smaller and domiated the city far less.  The map, which shows the city 1270-1270 (during part of the reign of Edward I) shows the king's expansion of the Tower under way, and also includes an inset map showing the buildings upstream at Westminster - the abbey and the grwoing royal palace.

 

 

 

Published in December 2020 is our map of Bristol in 1480.

In 1480, Bristol was a gateway to the New World. A town of merchants and traders, craftsmen, rich and poor people, it was an important and growing place, expanding its trade with Europe and beyond. In that year, an official and native of Bristol called William Worcestre noted in great detail its streets and buildings, including dimensions of both, and as a result it has been possible to reconstruct the city in mapped form. The reconstruction is shown against a reproduction OS map of the early 20th century when the street pattern was still recognisably medieval.

 

 

Published in March 2021 is the Historical Map of Canterbury.


A substantial Roman settlement which developed on the site of a prehistoric meeting point, Canterbury became an Anglo-Saxon town of international fame following the arrival in 597 of the Benedictine monk Augustine and the permanent establishment of the Christian church in England. Canterbury became the seat of the Archbishop and has remained the prime ecclesiastical centre thereafter.  Following the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 in the cathedral, it was a centre of great pilgrimage.  The map shows the large monastic foundations that once occupied the city, its Roman and medieval walls and street patterns, its churches and medieval town gates, and a host of other fascinating sites, against a background of a digitised map of the city in 1907 when the military occupied a huge section of the built-up area.

 

Coventry is the UK City of Culture in 2021, so it's timely to publish a map of Coventry which shows its long and fascinating history.  Although now often thought of mostly as a post-War city well-known for its ambitious redevelopment plans and for the car industry, Coventry's medieval past saw it as one of England's largest and most prosperous cities.  Between c.1350 and c.1500 it was England's fourth most-populous and fourth-wealthiest city, its prosperity based on wool and woolen cloth, but also as a seat of metalworking and leatherworking.

Discover Coventry's fascinating past and the medieval city that was with this ground-breaking map.

 

 

Alnwick is one of the most studied small towns in Great Britain, and the wealth of history which it has lends itself to a historical map.  The town's form and layout can be traced back to an Anglo-Saxon foundation.  The town had medieval walls and towers and of course is dominated by Alnwick Castle, seat of the Dukes of Northumberland and more recently famous for its use in the Harry Potter films. North of the town is the 'Capability' Brown landscape of the castle, home to a large army camp in the First World War.

Alnmouth is a small settlement at the mouth of the river Aln, and of a fascinating form.  The village has long been the port for Alnwick and changed shape when the river dramatically altered its course during a storm, separating its church from the rest of the settlement. It is home to one of the earliest golf courses in the country.

 

A new edition of the Historical Map of Oxford was published in September 2021. Oxford is a city of international reputation, with a huge collection of well-known buildings and streets.  But as well as the colleges and shared buildings of the University of Oxford, the city had another side, and the working-class districts lay within view of some of the university's most famous sites.

The new edition of the map has been fully updated, with additional information on the map, taking into account recent archaeological excavations.  The map's reverse has also been completely revised and is now presented in full colour throughout.

 

We're now working on a map of Beverley for publication in early 2022.

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Meanwhile, the following map published by Old House Books is out of print, but second-hand copies may be found  in bookshops or on the internet. 

Windsor and Eton about 1860  -  published September 2013

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