We have just added images of maps from this series to our Map Images website ( http://maps.nls.uk/additions.html )
This was most detailed mapping of London by Ordnance Survey from just over a century ago - the five feet to the mile or 1:1,056 scale covered the capital in 729 zincographed sheets, based on a revision and survey of 1891-5. The maps provide excellent detail of the whole urban infrastructure, including residential and industrial premises, schools, asylums, hospitals, parks, canals, docks and railways, etc., and even the interior layout of public buildings, such as cathedrals, churches, and railway stations.
We have georeferenced the mapping so it can be viewed as a seamless layer on top of present day maps and satellite images.
NLS has quite patchy holdings of the earlier engraved OS 1:1056 series of London, so this 1890s set was not our most beautiful, but rather our best edition for creating a georeferenced mosaic. We have no current plans for scanning other OS large scale town plans of London.
Home page: http://maps.nls.uk/os/london-1890s/index.html
Graphic index for viewing sheets:
Georeferenced Mosaic: http://maps.nls.uk/openlayers.cfm?m=1&id=163
We are very grateful to David Rumsey for supporting the scanning and georeferencing of this series.
Senior Map Curator
National Library of Scotland
Tel. 0131 623 3973
Fax. 0131 623 3971
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Map Images website: http://maps.nls.uk
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