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Parish map of St. Mary, Islington (Benjamin Baker, c.1793) SC/GL/PR/I/k1266349

On Magnifying the Metropolis, you will find a variety of maps from our archive that have been digitised and now made available to view only on terminals in the Mediatheque. This is still currently a work in progress and more maps will added as they are digitised in the future.


All the maps displayed on Magnifying the Metropolis are interactive and rather than being just a photo of the map you can zoom into specific areas and move around using simple controls, in a similar way to other popular modern map sites.

Below is a brief description of just some of the maps we have digitised and that are now available ...

LCC Bomb Damage maps 1939-1945
The Bomb Damage maps were hand-coloured by the London County Council Architect's Department between 1939 and 1945, covering the City of London and the 28 Metropolitan Boroughs. They are based on the Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 editions of 1916.

School Board for London maps
View the locations of individual schools within the divisons for the years 1881, 1886, 1892, 1902, 1907 and 1947.

City of London ward (1855-58) and local parish (19th century) maps
Today the City of London is divided into 25 wards, including Bread Street, Candlewick and Langbourn. See how these wards looked during the 19th century, as well as finding out what individual parish boundries existed within parts of North London and South London.

Stanford's new two-inch map of London 1913
This version of Stanford's new two-inch map of London and it's environs was published in 1913.
Extent: Tottenham — Ilford — Croydon — Twickenham

Metropolitan Asylums Board smallpox maps 1871-1885
One of the maps created in 1881-2 by the Metropolitan Asylums Board for the Royal Commission on Smallpox and Fever Hospitals relating London smallpox cases to hospitals of treatment for 1871-2, 1878, 1880 and 1885, and an inter-epidemical period 1873-5 (GLC/DG/AE/ROL/92/001-005).

05 December 2012
Last Modified:
28 August 2018