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Old maps of Southwark
Historical maps can open windows to our past proving useful for family historians, pupils or for anyone with an interest in Southwark's development.
View 19th and 20th century Ordnance Survey maps interactively
The interactive historical map viewer shows 19th and 20th century Ordnance Survey County Series maps.
- Switch between Ordnance Survey maps from 1896, 1896 to 1899, 1915 to 1920, 1938 and 1949 to 1954
- Zoom in and out and explore the old maps on screen
- Search for modern day addresses and see how the area looked in years gone by
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View scanned maps of Southwark from 1572 to 1899
We've scanned our old paper map originals and posted them online for you to download. The maps are varied in size, subject and style; some focus on the whole borough, some on parts of the borough. In all there are sixteen maps ranging from 1572 to 1899.
Ancient parish boundaries of Southwark
This ordnance survey map shows the northern half of Southwark sometime in the 1960s or 1970s overlaid with the ancient parish boundaries of St Saviour, St Mary Magdelene, Rotherhithe and St Mary Newington.
John Rocque's A Plan of London, 1769
John Rocque was a son of French Huguenot émigrés who rose to become cartographer to the then Prince of Wales. This Plan of London is generally considered his most famous work
John Rocque's A Plan of London, 1766
In this earlier plan of London Rocque soberly describes a physical superiority of London over Paris. The header text calculates London to be 8 ½ square miles compared to Paris's 6 ⅓ square miles. Did Rocque's royal patronage oblige upon him this subtle exercise in cartographic propaganda or was he simply emboldened by his position?
Kennington to Peckham, circa 1830
This map includes the Kennington, Walworth, Peckham and Camberwell areas around 1830. Note the marshy land where the Bricklayers railway depot later stood and the slightly dramatic hill shading around Denmark Hill.
Londini Angliae Regni Metropolis, circa 1690
The Dutch cartographer Jacob de la Feuille first published this 'novissima & accuratissima' (new and accurate) map of 'Angliae Regni Metropolis' (England's capital city) in Amsterdam in 1690. The map shows the sprawling metropolis of London, Westminster and Southwark during the joint reign of Mary II and William III.
Intricate details such as the field systems and a 'Places of Southwark' key are juxtaposed with the artistic inclusion of angelic cherubs.
Londinvm Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis, 1572
This birds eye map by German cartographers Georg Braun and Franz Hogenburg roughly translates to 'London, prolific [or fertile] capital city of England'. The map formed part of their 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum' (Cities of World) atlas created between 1572 and 1616.
- Download high resolution (7.8MB pdf)
- Download Londinvm Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis low resolution
New Map of Dulwich and Sydenham by Kelly and Co., circa 1888
This four inch to the mile map from the publishers Kelly and Co. shows areas such as Dulwich, Sydenham, Norwood and Brixton.
Northern half of the borough - year unknown
This is probably a reproduction of an Ordnance Survey sheet at around 5 inches to the mile showing the northern half of the modern London borough of Southwark.
Peckham to Dulwich - year unknown
The year and provenance of this map is unknown; but the fact that Peckham Rye park hadn't yet been laid out may provide a clue.
Plan of London free from the United Kingdom Newspaper, 1832
A rather generous giveaway from the United Kingdom Newspaper from 1832. The title reads: 'Plan of London from actual survey 1832. Presented gratis to the readers of the United Kingdom Newspaper by their obliged & humble servants, The Proprietors'.
Rye Lane, Peckham 1899
This map is centered on Rye Lane and shows individual buildings and back gardens in the Peckham area.
Stanford's Map of the County of London 1894
This detailed map shows the central southern section of Stanford's Map of the County of London. Note the commercial docks in Rotherhithe and the profusion of railway lines leading to the former Bricklayers goods depot on the Old Kent Road.
Symonson's Map of Kent, 1596
Today's border between Southwark and Lewisham roughly follows the old boundary between Surrey and Kent. This map of Kent from 1596 shows routes into Southwark from the Kentish coast.
The Borough to Denmark Hill, 1830
This map was probably created by the Ordnance Survey around 1830. It shows detail stretching from The Borough and Newington in the north to Camberwell and Denmark Hill further south. Note the Grand Surrey Canal passing through what is now Burgess Park and the open fields south of Walworth.
Walworth to Penge 1894 to 1896
This detailed map shows building detail from Walworth to Penge and from Brixton to Deptford. Note detail of the Crystal Palace before it burnt down in 1936.