Did Your Street Exist In 1746? Layers Of London Now Has Old Suburb Maps

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Did Your Street Exist In 1746? Layers Of London Now Has Old Suburb Maps

Ever wondered what your part of town looked like quarter of a millennium ago? A new map on the Layers of London site lets you compare suburban London in 1746 to the modern street map.

John Rocque's 10 mile survey stretches much farther out of the centre than other maps from the time, reaching places like Finchley, Woolwich, Streatham and Hounslow.

As usual on the site, you can use a fade setting (red arrow in image below) to easily compare the two maps. Check out your part of town and see what has changed over the centuries.

We've covered Layers of London several times. The site was created by a team at the University of London's Institute of Historical Research. It contains dozens of map layers and data sets, from Tudor times to the present day, which can be compared in any combination. The team has even added Londonist data, including a map of every location mentioned in Charles Dickens novels, and V2 rocket impact sites from the second world war.

Peckham and Camberwell, then and now.

To get exploring, visit Layers of London website, click 'Map', then choose your layers from the menu on the left. It's best done on laptop/desktop. (And if the black markers on the map get annoying, you can now turn them off in the 'Layers tools' drop-down.)

Last Updated 21 October 2019

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