A wealth of maps – Mapping Manchester through time

A quite exciting development from the University of Manchester library this week:

“Over 300 historical maps spanning 200 years of Mancunian history have been digitised and published online by The University of Manchester Library.
One of the bomb damage maps of Manchester

The collection of maps and plans of the city from the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, mostly from the Library’s Special Collections, will be freely available, allowing users to zoom into street level. Also digitised by the Library are a series of maps from Manchester City Council – not seen in public for 60 years- showing the extent of bomb damage to the city during WW2. The work, carried out by the Library’s Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC), comprises maps by private surveyors, detailed Ordnance Survey maps, and plans of the Manchester Ship Canal. Included is the first large-scale map of Manchester, produced by William Green in 1794, and Joseph Adshead’s Victorian map of the Township of Manchester.”

Map Manchester 1857

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