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British Historic Towns Atlas

Atlas Volume VI


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About the Volume

An atlas mapping and explaining the history of this city which played such an important part in English history from Roman times onwards.

The atlas includes a very readable introductory text prepared by Professor Martin Biddle (Winchester Excavations Committee), the late Professor Derek Keene (Institute of Historical Research), Dr Francis Morris (WEC), Dr Edmund Thomas (University of Durham) and Dr Beatrice Clayre (WEC).

The introduction includes the first comprehensive survey of the Roman city and its history to be published in over a hundred years, and includes the results of the most recent research and archaeology.

The atlas includes a substantial and thorough gazetteer of the town prepared by the authors, with entries on all the principal buildings, structures and streets shown on the maps - it forms a major research publication in its own right. Maps were prepared following the original research and mapping work undertaken by Fred Aldsworth.

The atlas is based around a full-colour map of Winchester around 1800 showing the sites of extant and lost medieval buildings, the city walls and many other features. It is a truly comprehensive survey of the city, and extends geographically to include St Catherine's Hill in the south and Hyde Abbey in the north as well as St Giles's Hill and all the surroundings of the medieval town.

The atlas also includes maps of:

  • Roman Winchester

  • Winchester around 900

  • Winchester c.1000

  • Winchester c.1130

  • Winchester c.1300

  • Winchester in 1417

  • Winchester c.1550

  • The plans for royal Winchester, 1680s

  • Parishes, liberties and the Soke, at different dates

  • The amalgamation of Winchester's ecclesiastical parishes

  • Winchester's military camps in the mid 18th century

The volume also has a 1" OS map of the mid 19th century rescaled to 1:50,000, modern maps of the city and its region, aerial photographs of the city centre, and a long list of illustrations in full colour.

The maps, text, gazetteer and illustrations are presented in an A3 stiff card binder, and the format allows for maps of different dates to be compared side-by-side.

Related Resources

Atlas Volume VI

The Trust has also produced a historical map of the City of Winchester from Medieval Times to 1800. This map includes an updated history of the city as well as a gazeteer providing brief details of the main features shown on the map. This map is printed and now available for purchase.

Publication Details


Oxbow Books for The Historic Towns Trust and the Winchester Excavations Committee



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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