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British Historic Towns Atlas

Atlas Volume II

The Atlas of Historic Towns

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About the Volume

General Editor: Mary D. Lobel
Topographical Editor: W.H. Johns

From the volume's cover:

This atlas constitutes the second volume of Historic Towns, a monumental atlas that recreates and records the long-vanished urban Britain that existed before 1800. Each town in the series is closely surveyed and researched by cartographers and scholars, and then presented in a set of detailed large-scale maps accompanied by a long historical essay.

When it appeared in 1969 the first volume was hailed for its union of historical scholarship and revolutionary cartographic techniques. It shed exciting new light on the course of urban development, and provided the very first scientifically accurate maps of British towns during the centuries before industrialization. Banbury, Caernarvon, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Nottingham, Reading and Salisbury were the very varied subject of the first volume.

This second volume deals at length with four diverse but pre-eminent provincial cities: Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, and Norwich. As in its predecessor, each is treated individually although the commentaries make it clear that none developed in geographical, political or economic isolation from the rest of Britain or indeed of Western Europe.

Related Resources

Atlas Volume II

The Historic Towns Trust has made available for public access, archival material from this Atlas Volume which is out of print.

This includes historical articles written by the Atlas researchers and authors regarding the towns and cities featured in this volume, as well as full maps visually detailing each town's history and development such as their medieval street names. These maps are now publically accessible to view online and download as PDFs below:

If you would like to reuse any of the materials from our Atlases and Maps, please see our copyright guidelines in How to Use Trust Content.

The Trust has also produced historic maps of some of the towns and cities featured in this atlas volume. These maps include an updated history of the featured city or town as well as a gazeteer providing brief details of the main features shown on the map. These maps are either printed and available for purchase or will be coming soon in an updated edition.

Publication Details


The Scolar Press in conjunction with the Historic Towns Trust



Publication Status:

Available digitally, Currently not in print

Please note: The Historic Towns Trust does not currently sell atlases directly. However if they are in print, these editions can be easily obtained from bookshops or online book retailers by quoting the ISBN provided.

Banbury, Caernarvon, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Nottingham, Reading, Salisbury
Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Norwich
The City of London from Prehistoric Times to c.1520
Windsor & Eton
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