A new map of London in 1520 published

The Trust's new map of Tudor London - London in about 1520 - is now available!

Based on the very successful map of London which first appeared in Volume III of the atlas series, the map has been completely revised and updated, as well as being expanded to cover a larger geographical area, including parts of Southwark for the first time.

The new edition of the map categorises the buildings of Tudor London (separating out parish churches from other religious buildings; showing the many livery company halls, for example) and is printed in full colour.

The reverse of the sheet has a map of London's wards in 1520 as well as a comprehensive directory of all the streets and buildings shown on the map, complete with grid references.

The map is now on sale, and its recommended retail price is only £8.99 - that's a lot of map for the money!

More information about the map can be found here.


An Historical Map of York now published

The Historic Towns Trust has published a new version of its successful Historical Map of York 

The original version was published by Old House Books in 2012 but has been out of print for several years, with frequent requests for it to be made available again. The HTT has now published a new edition, in its Town and City Historical Maps series.

The format is as other T&CHM maps: an OS-style folding card cover containg a folded map sheet. On the reverse, the map sheet carries a gazetteer of the buildings and sites of interest shown on the map, along with an explanation of many of York's street names and a list of the city's churches - more than 45 of them.

The gazetteer is now illustrated in full colour, with many charming and informative images from the extensive collection of paintings and drawings of York held by the York Art Gallery.

The map is now available from bookshops and on-line retailers, priced at £9.99.  More details can be found here.


HTT Chair wins RGS medal

Professor Keith Lilley, Chair of the Historic Towns Trust and Professor of Historical Geography at Queen's University Belfast, has been awarded the Cuthbert Peek Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.

The medal is awarded by the RGS (with IBG) and the citation for Professor Lilley says 'For advancing geographical knowledge through the application of contemporary methods, including GIS and mapping'. Sir Cuthbert Peek (1855-901) was a meteorologist, astronomer and all-round geographer, and a council member of the Royal Geographical Society.  He endowed the RGS with the medal to honour those who advance geographical knowledge. 

Keith is a very worthy recipient of this medal (which was presented on June 4th), and it is a great honour that he should be the HTT's chair and a driving force for the advancement of the HTT's work.  His colleagues in the HTT send him hearty congratulations.


HTT at a meeting of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Professor Keith Lilley, Chair of the Historic Towns Trust, was a key speaker at an international meeting in Dublin in May 2018 hosted by the Royal Irish Academy, the body behind the Irish Historic Towns Atlas.  Professor Roey Sweet, of Leicester University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council and one of the Historic Towns Trust's trustees, gave a keynote presentation at the meeting, which looked at comparative studies between towns and cities in different European countries.

During the two-day event, Prof Lilley presented the British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett, with a copy of the British Historic Towns Atlas of Windsor and Eton, volume IV in our series.


Professor Keith Lilley (fourth from left) presents Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland, with a copy of the Historic Towns Atlas volume IV Windsor and Eton, at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.  Other people present are key members of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas team

Celebrations planned for 2019, and ambitious plans for more atlases

In 2019, the Historic Towns Trust will celebrate fifty years since the publication of the first atlas in the series, volume 1 published in 1969.  The trust is planning a number of public events to explain and advertise the work of the HTT and the publications that it produces.  Three major events will be held in the three national capitals of Great Britain: Cardiff, Edinburgh and London in the autumn of 2019.  At this stage, we don't have definite dates for the events, but details will be posted here.  The events will not only highlight what the trust has done and is doing at at the moment, but will also be looking to the future.

The Trust has ambitious plans to produce atlases of a large number of towns and cities across Great Britain, and to address the relative lack of towns in Wales and Scotland that have been covered to date.  A long list of possible towns and cities has been drawn up, including not only Welsh and Scottish towns but industrial cities in the north of England.  We are now looking at which of those may be suitable for further research and which may lend themsleves to an atlas project.  For an atlas to be produced, a local team has to be assembled and money raised to pay for its production. Given that an atlas costs of the order of £80,000 to £100,000 to produce, each project that we embark on has to be accompanied by a substantial fund-raising campaign, and running such a campaign takes time and patience. We hope that the next atlas in the series will be of Canterbury, and talks with the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University are proving to be very positive.

Meanwhile, we are pursuing the possibility of producing Town & City Historical Maps of Coventry (in conjunction with its status of UK City of Culture 2021), Cambridge, and Bristol.  Plans are all at the early stages yet, but we are optimistic that some if not all of these projects will come to fruition over the next two years.

The trust is also set to embark on a substantial fundraising campaign to increase its core capital, to fund the administration and project management that accompanies its work and which has grown as its output has also increased. To that end, we are delighted that Dr Alice Prochaska has joined the trustees to help head development and fundraising.  Dr Prochaska was until recently Principal of Somerville College, Oxford and is also an historian of repute.  We are delighted that she has offered to lend her substantial experience and expertise to the trust.

Using atlas material

The Historic Towns Trust is always pleased when researchers use maps from the Historic Towns Atlas volumes for research and illustrative purposes.  Recently, we've given permission to use two maps of Cambridge from volume II to be adapted as illustrations for a collection of essays on Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge. We've also been asked if the map of London in 1520 can be used and enhanced with additional information on legal inns in the Holborn area.

Further details on how to ask permission for use of maps can be found here.  If it's for a legitimate purpose that complements the HTT's charitable aims, we usually say 'yes'!