South-east England maps online
Thousands of historic English maps have been uploaded to the web by the National Library of Scotland.
Available to view free of charge at maps.nls.uk, the collection of more than 11,000 Ordnance Survey maps provides highly detailed coverage of south-east England from the 1840s through to the 1950s.
Featuring London and the counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the maps – drawn at a scale of 25-inches to the mile – clearly show details such as buildings, streets, railways, parkland, farms and rivers.
Only urban areas with a population of more than 4,000 people were mapped by Ordnance Survey in more detail, meaning that the collection could provide researchers with some of the only clues about the environment in which rural ancestors lived.
Although only a small portion of the country is currently represented, maps from other counties will be uploaded to the site as and when they have been digitised.
Eastbourne, East Sussex, shown in 1898