A new map of London in 1520 published

The Trust's new map of Tudor London - London in about 1520 - is now available!

Based on the very successful map of London which first appeared in Volume III of the atlas series, the map has been completely revised and updated, as well as being expanded to cover a larger geographical area, including parts of Southwark for the first time.

The new edition of the map categorises the buildings of Tudor London (separating out parish churches from other religious buildings; showing the many livery company halls, for example) and is printed in full colour.

The reverse of the sheet has a map of London's wards in 1520 as well as a comprehensive directory of all the streets and buildings shown on the map, complete with grid references.

The map is now on sale, and its recommended retail price is only £8.99 - that's a lot of map for the money!

More information about the map can be found here.


An Historical Map of York now published

The Historic Towns Trust has published a new version of its successful Historical Map of York 

The original version was published by Old House Books in 2012 but has been out of print for several years, with frequent requests for it to be made available again. The HTT has now published a new edition, in its Town and City Historical Maps series.

The format is as other T&CHM maps: an OS-style folding card cover containg a folded map sheet. On the reverse, the map sheet carries a gazetteer of the buildings and sites of interest shown on the map, along with an explanation of many of York's street names and a list of the city's churches - more than 45 of them.

The gazetteer is now illustrated in full colour, with many charming and informative images from the extensive collection of paintings and drawings of York held by the York Art Gallery.

The map is now available from bookshops and on-line retailers, priced at £9.99.  More details can be found here.


HTT Chair wins RGS medal

Professor Keith Lilley, Chair of the Historic Towns Trust and Professor of Historical Geography at Queen's University Belfast, has been awarded the Cuthbert Peek Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

The medal is awarded by the RGS (with IBG) and the citation for Professor Lilley says 'For advancing geographical knowledge through the application of contemporary methods, including GIS and mapping'. Sir Cuthbert Peek (1855-901) was a meteorologist, astronomer and all-round geographer, and a council member of the Royal Geographical Society.  He endowed the RGS with the medal to honour those who advance geographical knowledge. 

Keith is a very worthy recipient of this medal (which was presented on June 4th), and it is a great honour that he should be the HTT's chair and a driving force for the advancement of the HTT's work.  His colleagues in the HTT send him hearty congratulations.


Hull map wins a prize

The Historical Map of Kingston upon Hull has been awarded a prize by the British Cartographic Society at its annual symposium held jointly with the Society of Cartographers between the 5th and the 7th September 2017 at Redworth Hall, Darlington, County Durham.

The map, published to coincide with Hull's status as UK City of Culture 2017, was awarded a 'Commended' in the Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping, an open competition which attracted about 30 entries this year.  In a year when the BCS withheld several of its awards because the judges did not consider that entrants were of high enough standard, the Stanfords Award proved to be the opposite and a Highly Commended prize was awarded, as well as the Stanfords Prize itself.

It is very gratifying that the effort which went into researching and designing the map has been recognised by the UK's largest gathering of cartographers.

The Historical Map of Hull is different in format from the maps of Winchester and Oxford which we have published to date.  For a start, the map is based on the city as it appeared in the 1920s, rather than in the mid nineteenth century. Hull developed as a major industrial centre as well as a port, and the date of the map reflects the many factory, foundry and shipbuilding premises which peppered the city by that time.  Secondly, the map is based on a series of Ordnance Survey map sheets (the 1928 edition of the 1:2500 County Series) which appears in the background. As with our other maps, the major medieval and post-medieval buildings have been picked out.

The map sheet is also bigger (1000 x 890 mm), allowing more of the city to be seen at the scale of 1:2500.

A city whose history is too often overlooked

Hull has a good claim to be one of Yorkshire's most historic cities - many people are not aware of just how much history can be found there. This new map summarises for the first time many aspects of Hull's past. 

The map was published on May 5th and launched at the end of May in an event held at the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation - in Old Town, Hull. Its appearance coincides with the publication of a major new history of the city, written by eminent Hull-based authors and published by Liverpool University Press.

Publication of the map has been made possible by a generous grant from the Marc Fitch Fund, and we are very pleased to acknowledge the trustees' generosity in supporting this project and to thank them.

The map is available to buy through local booksellers in Hull, the Hull History Centre, Hull's museum shops, or by ordering through any bookshop or on-line book retailer.  The Historic Towns Trust does not sell its publications directly, but they are easy to obtain by order - please buy it locally in Hull or order it through your usual book retailer, quoting the ISBN: 978-0-9934698-2-4.  Retail price: £8.99.

Using atlas material

The Historic Towns Trust is always pleased when researchers use maps from the Historic Towns Atlas volumes for research and illustrative purposes.  Recently, we've given permission to use two maps of Cambridge from volume II to be adapted as illustrations for a collection of essays on Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge. We've also been asked if the map of London in 1520 can be used and enhanced with additional information on legal inns in the Holborn area.

Further details on how to ask permission for use of maps can be found here.  If it's for a legitimate purpose that complements the HTT's charitable aims, we usually say 'yes'!