Historical maps quiz


Throughout the year we’ve published extracts of historical maps, many going back more than 100 years, on our Twitter feed. It’s fascinating to look at the old maps and see how much things have changes as roads and residential areas grow and previous landmarks, and countryside, often disappear.

We’ve been asking our followers if they can identify the well-known landmarks, sporting venues or places that now stand on the sites shown on the historical maps. How well do you think you can do? We’ve picked our ten favourites from the year to challenge you.  Just click on each image to see it more clearly – and let us know how you get on:

Find out more about historical maps on our website.

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7 Responses

  1. Klara Sokol

    1. Birmingham Airport
    2. Silverstone ircuit, Towchester, Northamptonshire
    3. Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall
    4. Disused coal pits and rail station around Birtley, Tyne and Wear
    5. Milton Keynes
    6. The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London
    7. London Olympic Park
    8. Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
    9. Splash Landings Hotel, Alton, Staffordshire
    10. Bridge on M9 over River Carron in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire

  2. john walls

    Gemma, the January 2015 screensaver. There hasn’t been a windmill standing at Thornham for many years. It looks like the Tower windmill at Burnham Overy Staithe run as a holiday let by the National Trust TF 8378 4376

    1. Hi John

      Thanks for the message. Our wallpaper images usually come from members of the public, who then tell us where they took the photo, so I’ll pass this on to our Web team to have a look into.

      Thanks, Gemma

  3. Kevin Moore

    Birmingham airport
    Eden project
    Angel of the North
    Milton Keynes
    O2 Arena
    Olympic park
    Millennium stadium
    Alton towers
    The Kelpies

  4. Alex Cowen

    1. Birm Intl Airport
    2. Silverstone
    3. Eden project
    4. Angel of the North
    5. Milton Keynes
    6. O2 arena
    7. London Olympic park
    8. Millenium stadium, Cardiff
    9. Alton towers
    10. The Kelpies, Falkirk

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