a guide to shropshire maps
These web pages are designed as a research guide to show something of the wealth of maps held at Shropshire Archives, and help people to access maps which may be relevant to their research. We have chosen examples from across our wide range of sources.
Understanding local maps helps make sense of the past. Examining old maps gives us insights into how the world was – they show much more than how to get from here to there. Whether for business or leisure, researchers find that maps illustrate all sorts of information as it appears on the ground. You can trace the history of your town or village using early large scale county maps, estate maps and Ordnance Survey town plans. Maps may show when your house was built, where your forbears went to school or how the land your housing estate is built on was previously used. You can research local industries and see the impact of urbanisation and transport through maps.
Shropshire Archives holds the Archive collections for the county of Shropshire. Many examples of published mapping as well as unique maps and surveys are to be found among the records, and not all maps appear in our catalogues. Maps that were published as a series are indexed or listed rather than catalogued, and some may only appear in our accessions database, as much remains to be catalogued. For further information see the source guides on our website, search our on-line catalogues or, when visiting Shropshire Archives, use the maps guide and ask advice from members of staff.
Locations of maps, and search tools for the categories of maps illustrated here are indicated in bold. Material in our Reading Room can be accessed without the need to show ID, but original maps can be viewed only in our Search Room and you need to provide ID and obtain a reader’s ticket to access these.