Website Layers of London

Discussion in 'Resources' started by AJC, 21 September 2018.

  1. AJC

    AJC Western Thunderer

    Now I should declare an interest here since this project runs from my day job, but what the hell.

    Layers of London is a historic mapping project covering the last 500 years or so of London's history through the medium of maps (London here meaning greater London, all 32 boroughs of it including the historic county of Middlesex, large chunks of Surrey, bits of Kent and Essex, etc.). Now as well as allowing switching between layers of mapping from the 15-something or other (obviously only for the bit in the middle) to the present , you can also add information, images, etc. to the map. Today (21 September) is launch day, so please have a look and be gentle if the thing falls over: I've no idea what demand the servers are currently under.

    Layers of London

    How is this of interest to modellers? Well, among the resources pegged to the map are a large number of historic photographs and, perhaps more significantly, building plans from council planning records for everything from this enigmatic 'Experimental Shed': Layers of London somewhere in Sidcup to this 'Proposed store and workshop': Layers of London to Crittall's (of window frame fame) factory on the Sidcup bypass: Layers of London, and, of course, suburban houses by the score: Layers of London

    A personal favourite (because I worked out who the artist was after a colleague asked) is this image from a sketchbook by one Samuel Kirkman, a minor architect whose grandfather was a more significant one: S.S. Teulon. This image shows Croydon before the 20th century came along and mugged it: Layers of London

  2. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    the backscene for a model railway isn't just the painted board at the back, it's also the images and knowledge the builder/operator and viewer have in their head as they watch the trains run, so this is very welcome Adam.
  3. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    This is a very interesting website. I was looking at the Tudor map of the City and apart from modernisation the boundaries and some of the buildings virtually remain intact.
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