Detailed Victorian London Map Superimposed On Google Maps

Google has a new map for you to play with. The 1893-96 Ordnance Survey map of London — recently released by the National Library of Scotland — has now been superimposed over a modern Google map. It’s an extremely detailed map that shows the locations of pubs, drinking fountains, parish boundaries, post offices and a ton of other stuff. Best of all, a slider bar allows you to morph between old and modern maps, to get a better idea of how the streets have changed.

Here’s the view around Londonist Towers. Had our company somehow been functioning 120 years ago, we could have enjoyed such local amenities as a free library, a tram line to Spitalfields Market or the Tabernacle Square urinal, all while basking in the aromas of the local vinegar factory. Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 11.04.05

Two views merged.

Two views merged via the slidebar on the left.

The OS chart is one of several historic London maps available in this format on Google’s Maps Gallery.

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  • Roger Manser

    Co-incidental for what I wanted today – this morning I was walking along Whiston Rd, E2 and wanted to find out more about the canal basin that jutted from Regents Canal into today’s Haggerston Park… ideal – thanks

  • Squiz

    just goes to show how much of town was destroyed by the nazis.

  • Julie Orrok Slack

    I could search the map for hours! Thank you!

  • Thomas Ogilvie

    Cool; I didn’t realise that Kingsway was so new. Very interesting…

  • Huckero

    Not sure who has done more to destroy the old London, The Germans or local councils.

  • Australian Rail Maps

    Great link – thanks. A question for someone familiar with history of th UndergrounD. I was looking at the tracks that form the triangle between Earl’s Court, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington. On the North to East curve (ie the Circle Line only), there are marked two platforms. I’m not familiar with any such station ever having been there. Can anyone explain it?

  • hostile_17

    The destruction of the arch is considered to be an utter blunder… but equally we can’t turn back time. Is rebuilding it really effective? It almost makes the matter worse.