Recording the layers of London's rich heritage

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Explore our unique, historic map layers

Our map layers have been stretched and manipulated to fit over the contemporary map of London; meaning you can focus on a street, building or area and see how it has changed over time!

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  • A Map of Tudor London, in about 1520. Reconstructed by modern historians and archaeologists and published by the Historic Towns Trust in 2018.
  • A survey of the City of London and the surrounding built-up area, completed in 1682 by William Morgan.
  • A map showing bomb damage during World War II. The original maps are at the London Metropolitan Archives.
  • A modern map showing the streets of London today.
  • Ordnance Survey maps from the 1940s-1960s. The most detailed OS maps after the Second World War.
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Layers of London is a unique, free, historical and geographical resource for Londoners. Anyone can explore our map layers that have been stretched and manipulated to fit over the contemporary map of London; meaning you can focus on a street, building or area and see how it has changed over time! Great!

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Help us trace Booth's map of London

Booth's map has poverty classifications for different buildings, but there's been no way to read the locations as data. You can help to trace the colours and label them, so researchers can use the data in the future.

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