20 June 2015

British Goad Fire Insurance Maps

Now online from the British Library, Goad fire insurance maps for:

England: Batley, Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Colchester, Coventry, Dewsbury, Dover, Exeter, Gloucester, Goole, Great Grimsby (Lincolnshire), Great Yarmouth, Halifax, Hartlepool Docks, Huddersfield, Hull, Ipswich, Kidderminster, Kings Lynn, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Luton, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Reading, River Tyne Docks, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland.
Ireland: Cork, Dublin, Limerick.
Northern Ireland: Belfast, Londonderry.
Scotland: Campbelltown, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Granton, Greenock, Leith, Paisley
Wales: Cardiff, Newport (Monmouth), Swansea.

These are at a scale of 1:480 (1 inch to 40 feet). Various display options are available including view in Google Earth.
The map displayed is the area around the car park burial site of Richard III in Leicester.


Gail Roger said...

Well, clearly I'm not going to get much else done today! For starters, I have pinpointed my husband's great-grandfather's leather bag factory on Godliman Street. The link to Google Earth helped me narrow down to the correct sheet very quickly. The map tells me that in 1886, it was next door to a "Public House" at the northwest corner of Godliman Street and Knightrider Street, and furthermore, it was a four-storey brick building with windows looking out on a courtyard at the back.

Unknown said...

Thanks, John! I've spent most of today searching (and oh, do you need to take time to search. The Google facility is brilliant.