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Cartographic resources: Cambridge Maps

Describes the collection of Cambridge University Library's Map Department, give tips on finding maps, etc., and points to other resources, including the Map Department web pages


Here you will find links to some of the more significant websites containing maps of the Cambridge area, but you'll also need to look at the other pages in this LibGuide to gain a comprehensive picture of what maps - paper and online - are available

Cambridge maps online (non-OS)

Historic Towns Atlas : Cambridge Published 1975 by the Historic Towns Trust (HTT), written by M.D. Lobel [hard copy in CUL Map Room Atlas.4.08.2 but also viewable/downloadable online]. Also, published in 2023, is and updated HTT map of Cambridge 

Plans in the Cambridge Digital Library showing Cambridge at different dates:

Cambridge Digital Library also includes many manuscript maps of Cambridge

Cambridge Antiquarian Society online Archive of Historical Maps of Cambridgeshire which includes images of maps of the county and of Cambridge

In particular:

Cambridge University Library Map Department 'Local Interest' Links page

Cartophilia. High and medium resolution images of English and Welsh  maps from their beginnings to the early 20th Century. Search by county

Printed work

A useful publication is the new (2020) edition of Cambridge 1574-1904 : a portfolio of twelve maps illustrating the changing plan of Cambridge from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century edited by Elizabeth Stazicker. This includes black and white facsimiles of maps of Cambridge plus a booklet describing the maps and the development of Cambridge. You can purchase a copy from the Cambridgeshire Records Society 

Ordnance Survey

Look also at the resources listed elsewhere on this page and on the Ordnance Survey tab of this LibGuide

Cambridge sheet (1808 ; OSD 235) of the Ordnance Surveyors’ Drawings (manuscript maps from which the earliest 1:63,360 (1” to 1 mile maps) maps were derived). Images of all other Ordnance Surveyors' Drawings can be viewed online, including the Ely sheet (1811 ; OSD 251). 

Other online resourcs

Victoria County History. Volumes II to X (excluding VII) of the Cambridgeshire volumes are available online

Cambridge University Library Map Department 'Local Interest' Links page

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