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Published on: 31 December 2020

Last updated: 31 December 2020

Maps and plans

We offer access to original maps and copies charting London and Westminster’s development from the 16th century to the present day.

An extensive range of historic Ordnance Survey maps (1867 to 1991), Goad Insurance Plans (1881 to 1961) and more can be consulted in our searchroom.

As well as our main map collection, some plans are held in our archives of Marylebone, Paddington and Westminster estates.

CDs of historic Marylebone and Paddington maps from our collections are available to buy from the Local History Shop.

Significant maps in the collection

16th century

Agas, R. - Map of London, c1563 (copy)

17th century

Faithorne, W. - Map of London and Westminster, 1658 (copy)

18th century

Rocque, J. - Plan of the Cities of London, Westminster and Southwark, 1746 (indexed copy available)

Horwood, R.  - Plans of London and Westminster, 1792-1799

19th century

Horwood, R. and W. Faden -  Plans of London and Westminster, 1813 (indexed copy available)

Potter, P. – Plan of the Parish of Saint Mary le Bone in the County of Middlesex, 1821, c1824 & c1832 (digital versions available)

Gutch, G. - Plan of the Parish of Paddington in the County of Middlesex, 1840 (digital version available)

Lucas, G. – Plan of the Parish of Paddington in the County of Middlesex, 1847, 1855, 1869 & 1882 (digital versions available)

Lucas, G. – Plan of the Parish of Saint Mary le Bone in the County of Middlesex, 1862 (digital version available)

Bacon, G. – New Large-Scale Ordnance Atlas of London & Suburbs, 1888 (indexed copy available)

20th century

Ordnance Survey, 1867 to 1991 (some microfiche copies available)

Goad Insurance plans, 1881 to 1961 (some copies available)

Please note that where a facsimile copy of a map exists, we will not usually produce the original.