Published between 1899 and 1900 and republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland: A Complete Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Published in six volumes, the collection as a whole contains more than 3,000 pages, 60 coloured maps and many hundreds of illustrations throughout the text.
Cassell and Co., Ltd was founded by John Cassell (1815-1865) who numbered amongst his early professions: carpenter, temperance preacher, tea and coffee merchant before turning to publishing in the 1840s. His first publication was a weekly newspaper, The Standard of Freedom and for a time continued to run a grocery business, which he coupled with publishing. As business expanded, Cassell rented a portion of the Belle Sauvage, an inn which doubled as playhouse and here he built his first printing works. Bankrupt by 1855, Cassell's underwent numerous changes in name reflecting the current owners and managers of the company until 1998 when it became part of the Orion Publishing Group.
In the preface to the first volume of Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain & Ireland - A to CHED - released in 1899, it was believed by the publishers that their gazetteer and topographical dictionary met a need that had until that time not been met by any publisher and the scope of the six volumes was detailed in the following terms: the Gazetteer contains an alphabetical list of all of the counties, together with geographical features and river systems, Parliamentary Divisions, Baronies, Parishes - including acreage and soil - Townships, Cities, Boroughs, Towns, Seaports, Hamlets and Villages in the United Kingdom. Provided at the foot of each page is the population for each denomination as enumerated in the 1891 Census of Great Britain and Ireland and its distance from its nearest railway station and London or Dublin.
Physical features are also recorded in the Gazetteer and these include Mountains and Hills - with their altitude - Rivers, Waterfalls, Capes, Lakes, Islands, Rocks and Shoals. Also described are Remarkable Antiquities, Earthworks, Ecclesiastical Ruins and Historic Houses.
For each parish entry the acreage and nature of the soil is provided, the name of the parish church or churches, their dedication, architectural features and monuments; also recorded are other places of worship, schools, public buildings, historic events associated with the parish, eminent inhabitants, antiquities, natural features, trades and gentlemen's seats.
Volume One of Cassell's Gazetteer and Topographical Dictionary contains 505 printed pages, more than 170 illustrations, which include photographs and sketches and 10 fold-out colour maps. Each of the following five volumes contains approximately the same number of pages, illustrations and maps as the first volume.
Cassell's in one of the principal topographical resources for Briatin and Ireland and an essential reference work.
The full title of this wonderful set of maps is:
An Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales: by a Geographical and Historical Description of the Principal Roads thereof.
By John Ogilby 1675
Basically, what we have here are over 100 route maps (some of them spanning several pages) between principal places in England and Wales, showing all cross roads and road intersections, mileposts, villages and towns though which the roads pass, hills, mountains and forests, rivers, streams, and fords, bridges, etc. Even the type of bridge is noted, for example, stone arches, wooden with rails, etc.
When our ancestors travelled, these were the routes that they used.
Wonderful maps that are a delight to examine, and of course, for you to extract to include in your own family history files. A superb reference for your collection. Zoom in and in on screen to view the finest detail.
FULL COLOUR (Scanned using the very latest generation Bookeye A2 colour scanner).
Reproduced in PDF format for viewing using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
An excellent collection of maps of London through the ages taken from various publications. London street map at the time of the great fire, lots of detailed street maps of different years during the 1800s and through to 1939. Also contains maps of London in Roman times, etc. Some have street indexes with grid references so that you can locate places easily.
A wonderful collection of West Country maps.
Cornwall county maps 1695, 1814, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1856.
Newquay town plan 1909.
Devon county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844.
Exeter town plan 1909.
Plymouth and Devonport plan 1896.
Somerset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844.
Dorset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1849, 1927, 1931.
An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail.
Combined: Canals, Rivers and Roads 1794
Cheshire 1831, 1855, 1865, 1934, Chester 1796
Lancashire 1695, 1828, 1831, 1855, Liverpool 1670, 1766, 1795, 1895, Manchester 1788, 1793, 1895,
Yorkshire 1828, 1831, 1890, 1907, Harrogate and Scarborough 1895, Sheffield 1895, Bradford 1907, Harrogate 1907, Hull 1907, Ilkley 1907, Leeds 1907, Sheffield 1903, 1907, Whitby 1907, York 1895, 1907
Cumberland 1828, 1831, 1855, 1894, 1895, 1925, Carlisle 1811
Durham 1828, 1831, 1858, 1895, 1902, Durham (City) 1895
Northumberland 1695, 1831, 1895, 1921, Newcastle 1863, 1895
Westmorland 1695, 1828, 1897, 1921, 1925, 1929
Derbyshire 1610, 1695, 1789, 1828, 1831, 1849, 1876, 1895, 1904, 1912, 1932, 1941, Buxton 1904, Matlock 1904, Railway Map 1904
Lincolnshire 1695, 1818, 1828, 1831, 1841, 1849, 1850, 1882, 1892, 1922, Cleethorpes 1935, Grimsby 1935,
Nottinghamshire Speed Map(1600's), 1695, 1738, 1828, 1831, 1849, 1869, 1876, 1900, 1912, 1921, Newark 1646, Nottingham 1745, 1751, 1834, 1895, 1899
Staffordshire 1695, 1831, 1868, 1872, 1880, 1912
Warwickshire 1695, 1817, 1828, 1880, 1912, 1940, Birmingham 1879, 1895, 1905, 1913
Worcestershire 1610, 1695, 1721, 1828, 1840, 1860, 1868, 1872, 1873, 1884, 1888, 1900, 1912, 1928, 1932, 1940, Dudley 1840, Worcester 1840
Cambridgeshire 1695, 1892, 1896, 1916
Cambridge Museums and Schools 1935
Norfolk 1695, 1879, 1892, 1896, 1916
Suffolk 1695, 1839, 1874, 1879, 1892, 1896, 1916, 1925
Essex 1610, 1695, 1852, 1871, 1874, 1892, 1895, 1917, 1925, 1933
Kent 1695, 1852, 1903, 1922, 1930
Sussex 1695, 1840, 1852, 1878, 1930
Battle of Hastings
Berkshire 1695, 1806, 1839, 1847, 1869, 1903
Hampshire 1695, 1839, 1849, 1885, 1889, 1927
Isle of Wight 1911, 1927 (Earlier maps of Hampshire also include the Isle of Wight)
Wiltshire 1695, 1839, 1842, 1849, 1903, 1927
Illustrate your family history book by copying and pasting all or parts of these maps into your documents.
Gloucester 1610, 1914
Bristol 1794, 1886, 1897, 1914
Gloucestershire 1642, 1695, 1730, 1831, 1842, 1870, 1879, 1897, 1902,1910, 1914, 1923, 1927, 1939 (Some also include inset Gloucester maps)
Herefordshire 1695, 1831, 1842, 1895, 1909, 1934
Oxfordshire 1695, 1831, 1844, 1847, 1864, 1869, 1939
Shropshire 1695, 1828, 1831, 1844, 1870, 1895, 1906, 1909, 1913, 1934
An index of places in alphabetical order. Each town and village in England in 1678 is listed along with information on the County in which it resides and it's "Hundreds, Rapes or Wapentakes".
The "Hundred" was used for administrative, judicial, military and taxation units. It was basically a sub division of shires, each subdivision containing around a hundred families. The Hundreds were further subdivided into ten or a dozen households, which possibly gave rise to the parish Unit. Within these subdivisions families were responsible for the welfare of one another. Alternatively, a Hundred could be one hundred acres of cultivated land, however it appears that the size of the areas varied considerably.
Wapentakes is the Northern word for Hundred and possibly derives from the Old Norse vapnatak meaning weapon taking. Rapes is again another regional word for a sub divided area such as a Hundred.
This book could identify the long since lost and forgotten place where your ancestors lived. If you have the name of a town but can't locate it, this book will help.
Note: although this book is dated 1831, it is more likely to have been published between 1837 (when Pigot moved to 9 Fleet Street London) and 1840.
A superb and very rare pocket topography and gazetteer of the following English counties;
Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Somersetshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.
Includes historical and statistical descriptions, distances, parochial and population tables, descriptive accounts of Market and Fair towns, parishes, townships, chapelries, hamlets, tythings etc.
There is also a lovely map for each county and lots of beautiful vignetted illustrations of cathedrals and churches.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives.
Each book measures 13" x 10 1/2" - the sort of books that go on the "over size" shelves in a library. And they are gorgeous!
In PDF format for viewing using Acrobat Reader, and compatible with both PCs and Apple Macs.
What's in them for the genealogist and historian?
A description of every place in England in 1831 - complete with all the maps. No more wondering where a place is and what it was like, its facilities, etc. An absolute treasure trove of information.
Frankly, it is a "must" for every genealogist and historian.
Very large atlas with the whole of England & Wales at a scale of 1/4" to 1 mile, plus many larger scale maps, and city and town street plans.
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