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Online Maps - Old Maps

(See also Map Collections and Online Catalogues section of our web pages and the Images of Early Maps on the Web section of the Map History / History of Cartography website)

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London Maps

American Memory Maps. From the Library of Congress.

Alan Godfrey Maps. Sells facsimiles of old Ordnance Survey maps. Cannot view maps online but can see index diagrams. 

Bibliothèque nationale de France - Gallica-BNF.

The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes. Digital version of this medieval Arabic treatise on the depiction of the Heavens and the Earth that was acquired by the Bodleian Library in 2002.

British History Online. Six inch (1:10,560) Ordnance Survey County Series maps for Great Britain. Published 1844-1899. Some 25 inch (1:2,500) Ordnance Survey maps for large cities. Search by place name or via graphic indexes. 6” and 25” maps legends are also available. Can also view corresponding modern map and link to satellite view. Also 7th, 1848, edition of Samuel Lewis' Topographical dictionary of England.

Broer Map Library historic map index (search engine). An index to many of the largest collections of online digital historic maps with a search engine to help users find online historic maps that users can view online.

Caribmap. Images of Caribbean maps printed since the early 16th century including modern topographic maps. 

Cartographic Images. Images of maps from 6,200 B.C. to 1800. 

CartoMundi. A collaborative project producing a union catalogue of maps and plans of all parts of the world though originally concentrating on Mediterranean countries. Includes written descriptions of maps and map series, graphic indexes and, in the Digital Map Library section, some map images. 

Catalonia - Map Library Digital Collections. Maps of Catalonia, Spain and other parts of the world.

Cheshire - e-mapping Victorian Cheshire: Cheshire's Tithe Maps Online. 

David Rumsey Collection. Extensive collection of scanned images of historic maps which may be reproduced and transmitted for non-commercial use. Interesting article about the project here

Devon - Printed Maps of Devon. Internet version of the revised second edition of The Printed Maps of Devon: county maps 1575-1837 by Francis Bennett and Kit Batten [CUL classmark S696.b.99.138]

Digimap. Online service run by EDINA that delivers Ordnance Survey Map Data to UK Tertiary Education. The data is available either for download to use with appropriate application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap online. You need to be a registered user to progress beyond the general information pages. Since May 2005 Digimap has included historic as well as current Ordnance Survey map data. Click here for more information on subscribing to Digimap at Cambridge University.

Digital Archives Association. Produces high resolution images of historical maps on CD-ROM.

Digital Wisdom Inc. Antique Maps of the World on CD-ROM.

Dudley Knox Library Naval Postgraduate School. Lots of useful links especially to military maps. Many online maps.

English Jurisdictions 1851. Displays boundaries of different types for administrative units of 1851. Hosted by the Family Search website.

Europeana Explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. Includes maps. 

Faden's Map of Norfolk - digitally redrawn. View compressed images online or order a printed copy [CUL's copy is atMaps.aa.20.G.13-19]. Tom Williamson and Andrew Macnair have also written a book on the map [CUL classmark: S696.c.201.17].

France - Geoportal. Online mapping facility including modern and historic mapping. 
http://geonames.nga.mil/gns/html/
Game of Goose - Giochi dell'Oca. Some of the printed board games shown on this site have a cartographic base. 

Genmaps. Old maps of the counties of England, Wales and Scotland.

Geologic Atlas of the United States. Published by USGS between 1894 and 1945. 

GeoWeb. Collection of over 29,000 cartographic and graphic images, with bibliographical details, available either in low resolution or high resolution with a digital watermark from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice. There is also a list of their manuscript maps.

Gough Map. A zoomable, panable digital version of the Gough Map - which is believed to date from around 1360 - that is fully searchable and browseable by place name (current and medieval), and also by geographical features. Information regarding a location's geographical appearance, etymology, appearance on earlier maps, and much, much more is also revealed. Includes a series of essays.

Hereford Mappa Mundi. Excellent images with many ways to eplore the map.

Heritage Cartography. 19th century British town plans usually redrawn from Ordnance Survey maps. Limited viewing possible on website from which copies can be purchased. 

Historic Cities. Maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities.

Historic County Borders Project. The project is digitising the borders of the historic counties of the United Kingdom at a scale of 1:100000 and making them available for public and commercial use. Includes a downloadable file containing all boundary data. [Note that county borders have changed over time].

Holy Land Maps. Maps from the Eran Laor Collection.

Ireland - Down Survey Project. Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. Copies of these maps have survived in dozens of libraries and archives throughout Ireland and Britain, as well as in the National Library of France. This Project has brought together for the first time in over 300 years all the surviving maps, digitised them and made them available as a public online resource.

Ireland - Griffith's Valuation. Ireland's Valuation Office conducted its first survey of property ownership in Ireland from 1847  to 1864. This survey became known as "Griffith's Valuation" after Richard Griffith who was the Director of the Office at that time. It is one of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical sources. The survey was used to determine the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union. This involved determining the value of all privately held lands and buildings in rural as well as urban areas to figure the rate at which each unit of property could be rented year after year. The resulting survey was arranged by barony and civil parish with an index to the townlands appearing in each volume. On the website, identify occupants and display the maps. 

Ireland - Ordnance Survey Ireland. Access to historic digitised maps from Ordnance Survey Ireland published 1837-1913, plus recent aerial photographs and street map. Excludes Northern Ireland. Includes access to Lewis' 'Topographical Dictionary of Ireland' - a gazetteer - published in 1837.

Ireland - Valuation Revision Books. On the PRONI website. Fully searchable placename index to the Valuation Revision Books (VAL/12/B) covering counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone between the years 1864 to 1933.  In total, c.3,900 volumes were digitally captured, with over 440,000 images now available to view online. No maps. 

Japan - Cortazzi Map Collection. Housed in the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich.

Lincs to the Past. Integrated catalogues from Lincolnshire Archives, Tennyson Research Centre, libraries, museums and the Historic Environment Record, together with online exhibitions highlighting collections, learning resources, and more than 500,000 images, documenting thousands of years of Lincolnshire history.  Digitised documents include parish registers, probate inventories and maps.

London Maps:

  • British Museum. The Museum's Online Collection Database includes images of views of London. 
  • John Snow Site. A site devoted to the life and times of Dr. John Snow (1813-1858), a legendary figure in the history of public health, epidemiology and anesthesiology who was responsible for identifying water-pumps as the source of cholera outbreaks in London. Includes maps of London for the period 1818-1872. 
  • Map of London. Stanford's 6 inch Library Map of London and its suburbs 1862-1871. 
  • Old London Maps. Maps and images of London from the medieval period to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Victorian Dictionary. Maps of London published from 1827 to 1899, plus other information about Victorian London.

Manchester University Online Map Collection. Includes Manchester Blitz maps.

Maphist.com. Open information project for Map History. Includes images of maps. 

MapRef. An online source on non-printed reference material - including images - on the subject of historical maps & cartography.

Mapseeker. Reproductions of historical maps for purchase as prints, jigsaws, etc. Includes many Collins Bartholomew maps. 

Maps of the Past. "The Web’s Leading Source of Historical Map Prints". Images of old maps of which they have copies to sell. Many of USA.

National Library of Australia Digital Collections.

National Library of Scotland. The extensive online collection of maps of Scotland is being increasingly augmented by maps of other areas including six-inch Ordnance Survey maps of England, Wales and Scotland, and World War I trench maps

National Maritime Museum - Collections Online.

Netherlands - National Atlas. Internet version of the printed second edition and a trial version of the interactive third edition.

Network Rail Virtual Archive. Includes drawings by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, blueprints by Robert Stephenson and designs by Joseph Locke, William Henry Barlow and others. 

New Landscapes: Enclosure in Berkshire. Maps and land awards on this site show the process of enclosing the common fields of the county of Berkshire between 1738 and 1883. Lots of background information on enclosure. 

New Popular Edition Maps. 1-inch Ordnance Survey series from the 1940s (or thereabouts), making it the most complete and recent out-of-copyright mapping. Has a postcode-collecting interface.

New York Public Library - Digital Gallery.

Norfolk County Council Historic Maps Online.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. "Established to provide free worldwide public access to an extraordinary collection of more than 200,000 original historic maps and 5,000 atlases that will be integrated with the technologies of Geographic Information Systems through its programs, exhibits, lectures and website".

Northern Ireland Place-Name Project - Placenames NI. Search for a place names and also for modern and historic maps from the 1830s. This is an ongoing project. 

oldaerialphotos.com. Historical UK aerial photography from the 40s to the 90s. Search for your area of interest by postcode, street name, city or grid reference. Photos are available for purchase BUT cannot see preview, even when you register. 

Old MapsOnline Portal. An easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. Background information can be found at OldMapsOnline.org. - a research project which aims to develop software to assist in the management, manipulation and visualisation of historical map collections on the web. Provides free software and tutorials for online publishing of your scanned maps on your own hardware infrastructure - either as pre-rendered tiles (Zoomify) or in a dynamic form directly from your TIFF / JPEG2000 images. The software is open-source. 

old-maps.co.uk. County Series Ordnance Survey mapping online.

Old Hampshire Mapped. Historical maps of Hampshire. 

Old Sussex Mapped. Historical maps of the County of Sussex. 

OpenStreet Map Out of Copyright Maps. 

Ordnance Survey Books of Reference for Scotland, 1850s-1880s. 22 volumes of OS Books of Reference to the first edition 25 inch maps. For scans of the maps see the National Library of Scotland's website.

Ordnance Survey Maps via the Charles CloseSociety Sheetfinder web page. Includes links to images of Old Series maps at the National Library of Australia (published between 1805 and 1873 ; click 'browse' or 'interactive map index') and New Series published 1864 to 1898 ; or use this clickable index provided by the Charles Close Society.

Ordnance Survey Maps via the National Library of Scotland web site. Extensive collection of Ordnance Survey maps at all scales. Collection is continually expanding and includes non-OS mapping, especially for Scotland.

Osher Map Library. Plenty of map images and lots of other information too. 

Polish Mapping 1919-1939.

Princeton University Library Digital Collections - Maps. Over 300,000 maps and charts, aerial photographs, and satellite images accessible online. The digital maps and geospatial data can be searched, browsed, viewed, and downloaded. 

Ryhiner Collection. Click on 'Visit Group'. Over 16,000 high resolution images: maps, town plans and topographical views from the 16th to the early 19th century. A printed description of the items in the collection, plus an index, can be found at CUL classmark S696.b.200.254-257.

SABRE. Information on British and Irish roads. Includes scans of old maps, including Ordnance Survey and Bartholomew mapping. 

S & N Genealogy Supplies. Plenty of cartographic CDs avaiable for purchase. 

UNESCO World Digital Library. Includes pictures of antiquarian maps as well as other illustrations. 

Virginia Company Archives: first Contacts and the Atlantic World. The Ferrar Papers, 1590-1790, from Magdalene College Cambridge. Includes maps. Available on campus without passwords and off-campus with a Raven ID and password (off-campus users should follow the link marked 'The UK Access Management Federation' and not Athens).

Vision of Britain Through Time. An extensive site offering descriptive information on boundary changes as well as images of old maps, census data and travellers' tales.

Warsaw Ghetto. Topography of Terror: maps of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection. Featuring over 2500 of the prints of Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) including maps, portraits and historical prints.

Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 1919 - 1939 Map Archive. Non-commercial project with scans of maps and geographic materials published by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (WIG), Poland. Includes non-WIG mapping. The maps are mostly of Poland but maps of neighbouring areas are also included.

 

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