Maps

We have been working with project partners to prepare maps for participation in the project.

Archivists
at Gloucestershire Archives, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, South West Heritage Trust, Wells City Archive, Yeovil History Centre, and Bath Archive have selected historic map series and secured permission from the copyright holders for them to be included in the project.

Conservators have assessed the condition of these maps and given basic conservation care to the most fragile maps to make them stable enough to move and photograph.

ICAM Archives Ltd have been commissioned to work at archives in Gloucester, Chippenham and Taunton and photograph an estimated c.1200 maps. Some of the maps are very large and unwieldy, so have had to be photographed in sections which are later stitched together using graphic software.

We have also commissioned the British Library and National Library Scotland to provide digitised and georectified map series to the project.

The List of Maps being digitised for the historic counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset are:

  • Tithe maps (c.1840s)
  • Enclosure maps (c.18th-19th century, excluding Wiltshire)
  • OS maps (25” 1st, 2nd, 3rd / revised editions c.1880s – 1930s)
  • OS Town Plans (1:500, c.1890s)
  • Goad Fire Insurance plans for Bristol, Bath & Gloucester (late 19th century)
  • National Grid sheets (c.postwar-1965).

Maps not included Where there are gaps in coverage, this can be caused by a number of different reasons, including where maps for that area in that particular map series either: do not exist, are still in copyright, we do not have permission to use, they are the wrong scale for the project, or they do not consistently cover the West of England area and so have not been selected for this project.