Historic Towns Atlas cover for York
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Oxbow Books for the Historic Towns & York Archaeological Trusts

An illustrated atlas of the history of the remarkable city of York, concentrating on the growth and form of the settlement across two thousand years.  

Important since Roman times, the city of York grew to become one of the most prosperous, densely settled and influential cities of England in the medieval period and beyond.  The atlas charts the development of the city up to the advent of the railway age.

The volume is edited by Dr Peter Addyman (formerly Director of the York Archaeological Trust) and written by a team of experts in the various phases of the development of this important city.

The atlas text covers:

  • Roman York
  • Anglian and Anglo-Scandinavian York
  • Early and late medieval York
  • York 1530 to c.1700
  • York c.1700 to 1840
  • A summary of York from 1840 to the present day

The atlas incorporates a comprehensive gazetteer which explains the origins and development of all principal buildings, streets and features shown on the maps, with a grid-reference for location.

Some 25 or so maps show the city at various phases in its development, the complex parish boundaries of York, and York in its regional and local settings. The volume also includes a specially produced version of the second edition OS one-inch map of York and its surroundings, and modern maps of York in 2015. 

At the heart of the atlas is a detailed map of the city at 1:2500 showing all the sites of York's most important buildings and structures on a base map of c.1850, the first time that such a map of the city has been made. 

Most of the maps in the volume are presented as PDFs on a CD as part of the book.

The volume also includes historic and modern aerial photographs of the city centre, and ninety or so illustrations of the main buildings, streetscapes and prominent topographic features of the city..

The maps, text, gazetteer and illustrations are presented in an A3 stiff card binder, a format allowing for maps of different date to be compared side-by-side.

Latest news - the atlas has been reprinted

The atlas was made available on December 18th 2015.  Owing to unexpected demand, it rapidly sold out.  A reprint has been commissioned (with minor corrections) and is today (7th April) en route to the distributor's warehouse.  We anticipate that it will be available again about the 14th of April. You are still able to reserve a copy of the reprinted atlas through Oxbow Books. Apologies to anyone waiting for their copy.

It can be ordered through Oxbow Books, and the price is £70.

Meanwhile... a study day on York's history revealed through the atlas

Meanwhile, you have the chance to come to a study day on York, based around the atlas, which is to be held in the historic setting of the King's Manor, York, on Saturday 23rd April 2016.  The day will be spent looking at how the atlas has revealed more about the topographic growth of York from its Roman origins until the nineteenth century and the advent of the railways.  All the contributors to the atlas will be speaking.  The day will be of interest to anyone with a a fascination for the history of this iconic city. And... it only costs £25 to attend, including refreshments.  Details of the day and how to book can be found at the website of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past.