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For maps showing only the City of London and not other parts of Middlesex, see the London page.

Peter Christian has written a brief guide to London Maps Online, which gives an assessment of the major online maps and their utility for genealogists.

  • John Speed's Map of Middlesex, 1611, and another version from a proof copy
  • John Speed's Map of Westminster, 1611
  • Bowles 1795 pocket map of London includes a numbered location key for 99 of London's churches. There is a high resolution scan on Wikimedia commons. Howard Mathieson has converted this into a version for Google Earth.
  • Greenwood's Map of London 1827
  • The Collage Portal (Corporation of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery image database) has historic maps of London. On "Advanced search" choose picture type as "map", enter place name of interest as search term. The website has thumbnail and part-screen images of the maps, and a facility to order a detailed image.
  • Leigh's New Map of the Environs of London (1819)
  • The London Topographical Society has a series of publications of early maps of London
  • Great Britain Historical GIS Project at the University of Portsmouth (formerly at Queen Mary & Westfield College, London) has the Vision of Britain site which is very useful for historical maps of the boundaries of administrative areas in London, for example Registration Districts. They also have a London GIS with a number of statistical maps of London, including:
    • Domestic Service in London, 1861 and 1911
    • Infant Mortality in London, 1881
    • Deaths from cholera in london, summer 1866
    • Typhus fever and uncorrected and corrected deaths
  • Bomb Sight – mapping the London Blitz during 7th October 1940 to 6th June 1941. You can explore the data in a number of ways, although perhaps the most sobering experience is simply to zoom out and watch as thousands of little red dots, each one representing a detonation, gradually fill the screen. Zoom in to the areas you are interested in and click on a dot and more information appears about the explosive device, the estimated date and it’s present day location. As an added bonus, you can explore contemporary images of the area, if they exist, and read wartime memories that are drawn from the BBC’s oral history project People’s War.
Maps recommended by John Henley for use with his lists of churches and parishes

A reminder that some good sites for London Streets past and present are: