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British Industrial History

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Adshead's 1851 Maps of Manchester

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  • Joseph Adshead produced 24 detailed maps of central Manchester, to a scale of 80 inches to 1 ft. The set was entitled 'Adshead's Twenty Four Illustrated Maps of the Township of Manchester, Divided into Municipal Wards, corrected to the 1st May 1851'.
  • Although the amount of detail and the accuracy of scaling do not match the exemplary 60-inch to 1 mile Ordnance Survey maps of 1848 & 1849, they do contain additional information of use to researchers, in particular the names of the owners of mills, foundries, etc.
  • The maps have recently been scanned at high resolution, and made available on CD from the Digital Archives Association [1]
  • Other high quality digital versions of old maps are available from the Digital Archives Association, including the Goad's Insurance Plans
  • Note: Grace's Guide has no connection with the Digital Archives Association. Comments made here are based on experience using these maps in preparation of entries for the Guide.

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  1. [1] Digital Archives homepage