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British Historic Towns Atlas

Atlas Volume IV

Windsor & Eton

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About the Volume

This volume is an illustrated atlas of the history of the remarkable and famous settlements of Windsor and Eton, on opposite banks of the Thames, explaining the growth and form of the settlements across two thousand years.

The atlas features an extensive introduction to the history of the towns of Windsor and Eton written by Windsor historian Dr David Lewis, as well as a history of the earlier settlement of Old Windsor written by Prof Derek Keene. The introduction is illustrated with 12 figures and maps.

It also contains an encyclopaedic gazetteer of Windsor and Eton's buildings and streets as shown on the maps created for this volume. The gazetteer contains entries on the main buildings and streets, with a brief history and full references, detailing their origin, earliest mention, and alternative names by which they were known. Full references allow further investigation.

The atlas of Windsor and Eton also offers:

  • illustrations of the towns. Illustrations include early images of the town, Hollar's views of Windsor Castle, David Loggan's engraving of Eton College and an eighteenth-century view of the town of Windsor as seen from the castle and never before published

  • aerial views of the towns from 1928 to the present day

  • reproductions of early maps of the town, including a very detailed plan of Windsor dating from before 1819

Maps show the towns as they were in 1180, 1280, 1380, 1480 and 1580. The principal map (printed in seven, overlapping sheets) is a summary, full-colour map of the towns based on a digitised OS map of the mid 19th century, with the main medieval and post-medieval buildings shown, as well as sites of lost major buildings..

The volume also includes an extensive, detailed plan of Windsor Castle as it appeared in about 1800, as well as a plan of Eton College; both plans are coloured by time period of construction.

The atlas is available now and is produced and distributed on behalf of the Historic Towns Trust by Oxbow Books. The atlas is priced at a RRP of £55.00.

The atlas can be ordered through all book retailers, on-line, or direct from Oxbow Books.



By Nick Holder

"This beautiful and stimulating work heralds the revival of the British Historic Towns Atlas series."

> Read full review from Urban History (6 April 2017)

By Grenville Astill

"David Lewis has made an important contribution to our knowledge of smaller medieval towns in general and Windsor in particular."

> Read full review from Medieval Archaeology Vol 60, issue 1 (May 2016)

Related Resources

Atlas Volume IV

In 2013, local author and historian Dr David Lewis, having spent many years researching the history of the two towns, including their buildings and streets produced an historical map of Windsor & Eton c.1860. Though now out of print, a summary of the project map, including a brief description of his research findings is now available to view online.

This map summary covers some of the key historical developments of Windsor Castle and Eton College, and includes some illustrated samples from the Trust's digital archives.

Publication Details


Oxbow Books for the Historic Towns Trust



Publication Status:

Available 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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