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Old House Books Victorian England & Wales Map 1897: Central England 5

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Covers the area from Manchester (East) in the North East corner of the map, south to Chippenham, including Worcester and Tewkesbury on the Eastern edge of the map, west as far as Lincoln, and Caister, Huntingdon, Hertford and most of London.


Early coloured Ordnance Survey Maps 4 miles to the inch in nine sheets. 1897, the year in which these maps first appeared in The Royal Atlas of England and Wales, was one of great celebration. It marked the Diamond Jubilee of Britain�s longest reigning monarch Queen Victoria, but there was much more to celebrate than her continuing occupancy of the throne as the previous sixty years had seen the greatest ever period of industrial development. The rapidly expanding industrial towns and cities were now the homes of workers who once laboured on the land but were now in the factories and mines creating and processing the needs of the mother country and the Empire. To record these changes the Victorians had become great map makers and the Ordnance Survey had already been publishing maps for a century. This series, created from Ordnance Survey maps, were coloured and published in book form. They are now available in sheets for the first time. The construction of the railway network, commenced a mere 72 years before, was now virtually complete with over 20, 000 miles in use. They are all marked, as are their �predecessors� the canals. But, despite all the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution, the great conurbations we know today were still surprisingly small in 1897. The countryside had changed little for centuries. There were still scores of aristocratic homes surrounded by park land where now the urban sprawl, new towns and industrial estates may be found. Just as interesting is what is not shown. Notice how small the towns and scattered villages are, indeed there is a village just to the west of London on sheet 9 which shows the three or four houses that made up the village of Heathrow. There are no by-passes and all the major trunk roads pass along the high streets.There are no by-passes and all the major trunk roads pass along the high streets of country towns. Motorways had, of course, not even been dreamt about.These maps

Product Details
PublisherOld House Books
SeriesOld House Folded Map
Product TypeFolded Map
Dimensions630x950mm (unfolded)

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