The Joy of Maps

In last weeks post I mentioned the Trench maps available from the National library of Scotland,  and I really should have noted that the site also has a wonderful collection of Ordnance survey maps from the 19th and 20th Centuries,  with generous usage agreements for non commercial  work, just credit them.

Just visit maps.nls.uk  and select “Find By Place” to check out the selection you your selected location.

You can view a 19th Century map up against a modern one to see how places have changed and it is a great resource when working with Towns which have largely been rebuilt in the 20th Century.  It’s also good when looking at how hamlets and villages connected and any foot paths or tracks which might have disappeared over time or to show the extent of manor parks which may now have shrunk such as in the image below.


The Melbury’s 1870
The Melbury’s 1960

Map images reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland


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