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:
- Godfrey maps Paper reprints of old Ordnance Survey maps
- Lost and renamed streets are given in GENDOCS Victorian London street index (now only available in archived form).
- Streets today Streetmap and Bing
- Map 1827 Greenwood's map of London 1827 provided by Bath Spa University College
- Map 1859: Map of John Snow's London in 1859 provided by UCLA School of Public Health
- Map 1862 Stanford's Map of London and suburbs 1862 provided on-line along with other maps by London Ancestor.
- Map 1877 Stanford's Map Of London Showing The Boundaries Of Parishes, Ecclesiastical Districts, And Poor Law Divisions 1877 provided by MAPCO Map and Plan Collection Online.
- Map 1889 Booth's map of Poverty 1889 provided by University of Michigan
- Map 1899 Booth map of poverty 1898-9 provided by the London School of Economics, with much other detailed information including surveys.
- Some City parishes - these London Ancestor maps are at http://www.londonancestor.com/maps/maps.htm but seem to be only intermittently available at present.
- Detailed Bartholomew maps of London, Middlesex and surrounding areas as they were in the mid-20th century are available from Maps of London website.
- The West Surrey Family History Sopciety have published a CD of Early 20th Century London: maps, street anmes and schools containing the six maps produced in 1906/7 by the London schools authorities and based on the 6" Ordnance Survey maps, but overprinted with administrative boundaries relating to the schools and the schools' locations. The CD includes a school index, a street index and the 'London County Council List of Streets and Places' of 1912 which gives all the streets as at that date, plus a list of abolished street names. Full details are on the WSFHS website under CD 16.