Plans and Maps

Plans and maps are an important source of information showing how the landscape has changed over time, allowing us to see what an area looked like in the past and how it compares to now.

Many early examples of maps are representations of an area rather than an accurate illustration. They can be very colourful and show pictures of actual buildings, trees and walls. Later examples show a more accurate image of land use. The first detailed Ordnance Survey maps did not begin until the 1880s and have continued to the present day. They can help us trace the growth and development of an area. Plans usually outline the current appearance of an area and detail possible or proposed changes.

The plans and maps of the Floating Harbour cover the 200 years of its history and show initial proposals for Jessop’s Floating Harbour up to the most recent plans for enclosing it beneath a network of roads.


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