Welcome to the Historic Towns Trust, home of the British Historic Towns Atlas

The Trust is a registered charity devoted to researching and publishing accessible, scholarly work on the history of Britain’s towns and cities.

We prepare and publish atlases and historical maps charting the development of historic towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales.  Our atlases combine maps of towns at different periods with explanatory text and illustrations. 

Prepared by historians of international standing and by professional cartographers, the Trust’s atlases are aimed at a wide audience...

everyone interested in Britain’s historic towns.


What's appeared so far...

We have published three atlas volumes so far

Volume 1: Banbury, Caernarvon, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Nottingham, Reading, and Salisbury

Volume 2: Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, and Norwich

Volume 3: The City of London from prehistoric times to c.1520

and historical maps of

Tudor London in 1520

Winchester about 1800

York about 1850

Windsor and Eton about 1860

What's in preparation...

We're preparing atlases of



Windsor and Eton






The Historic Towns Trust is a charity registered in England, number 313437