British Historic Towns Atlas
Atlas Volume III
The City of London from Prehistoric Times to c.1520
About the Volume
General Editor: Mary D. Lobel
Topographical Editor: W.H. Johns
From the volume's cover:
This large-format atlas provides ten full-colour maps of the City of London from prehistoric times to the early sixteenth century. Supported with full textual commentary and a gazetteer, they offer a unique view of the early development of a great capital city.
No topographical record of London existed until the late sixteenth century, by which time much of its magnificent medieval architecture was irretrievably lost. From the seventeenth century the medieval landscape was further obliterated by the widening or destruction of many old streets and lanes, and the creation of new thoroughfares.
These lost dimensions are now illuminated in unique large-scale maps of the period c.1520, and in a series of meticulously detailed maps of earlier periods, including a map of pre-Roman London, showing the distribution of Iron Age sites with insets of Mesolitic, Neolithic, and Bronze Age finds.
Commentary by six distinguished scholars sets the topographical development of London within its historical context. There is a chapter on the problems encountered and the methods used in the reconstruction, and a comprehensive gazetteer provides indispensable source material for every known principal building, street, lane, and alley of the medieval period.
This is the third volume on British towns produced by the Historic Towns Trust, and the first to be published by Oxford University Press.
Atlas Volume III
The Historic Towns Trust has made available for public access, the full contents of Atlas Volume III - The City of London from Prehistoric Times to c.1520 which is currently out of print. This material is available to view online as well as download as PDFs.
This material includes:
Contents and abbreviations
The text, in six chapters
The gazetteer, in three parts
Maps of the City of London from prehistoric times to c.1520
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The Trust has also produced historical maps of the City of London during the Medieval and Tudor periods. These maps also include an updated history of the city as well as a gazetteer providing brief details of the main features shown on the map. These maps and their revised versions are in print and available to buy.
Medieval London - The City, Westminster and Southwark about 1270 to 1300
Tudor London - The City and Southwark in 1520 (Second edition)
Oxford University Press
Available digitally, Currently not in print
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