South-east Eng­land maps on­line

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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

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