There is no distinct collection of town maps at Shropshire Archives so in this section we have chosen examples from six different sources. The best individual examples we have can be found on open access in the Reading Room, map chest 2. Shrewsbury, inevitably, features more than other towns as it is the county town and administrative centre. For small towns and villages, the best historic mapping will almost certainly be the Ordnance Survey 1st edition of c.1880.
When researching mid-19C ownership of land in a town where rail and canal development took place, it is worth checking our catalogues for Deposited Plans. District Authority records may also be of some help where roads and public utilities were planned – see section 5. These records are more difficult to find by place name, so do contact Shropshire Archives staff for information regarding your specific area of research. For market towns in the later 20C, Goad plans may be useful, Reading Room, map chest 2, especially for studying the main shopping/business areas. These cannot be copied under any circumstances, see the Charles Goad website for current town mapping.
Major shopping areas are also indicated in Kelly’s Business Directories which can be requested from our stores, ref: C67.
Published guides to smaller towns often include plans, and these can be found under their place name in our catalogues. These are very rarely dated, but recent copies of street maps are kept at the Information desk.