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British Historic Towns Atlas

Atlas Volume III

The City of London from Prehistoric Times to c.1520

Published Year:


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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.

Related Resources

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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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 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.

Publication Details


Oxford University Press



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.

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The City of London from Prehistoric Times to c.1520
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