Friday, 8 November 2013

Victorian London OS maps go online

From the National Library of Scotland (

New detailed maps of Victorian London go online

Some of the most detailed mapping of London by Ordnance Survey from just over a century ago is now available online.

The London "five feet to the mile" series covered the capital in 729 sheets, based on a revision and survey of 1891-1895. These maps provide excellent detail of the whole urban infrastructure, including residential and industrial premises, schools, asylums, hospitals, parks, canals, docks and railways, and even the interior layout of public buildings, such as cathedrals, churches, and railway stations.

The maps have been georeferenced so they can be viewed as a seamless layer on top of present day maps and satellite images.

To view the maps visit
For the georeferenced maps click here
To search using a graphic index click here

(With thanks to the NLS)

NB: This article was amended 10 NOV with updated NLS links for the georeferenced maps and graphic index pages.


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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