October 15, 2015


Digimap for Schools launch 1950s maps of Britain

Fantastic news for Digimap for Schools users – a second historic map layer has been added in. Teachers and students using the popular online map service can now directly compare maps of the 1890s, the 1950s and the present day.

The new historic 1950s map layer covers the whole of Great Britain and can be viewed on its own, or overlaid onto the 1890s or current mapping. You can make the most recent map on view translucent to easily see how the landscape has changed.

We took a look at a few areas around Britain to see how development, changes in industry, and changes in land use have affected them.

Basingstoke has seen huge growth as we track it from the 1950s to present day. Basingstoke market was mentioned in the Domesday Book and remained a small market town until the 1950s, when rapid development began to deal with the London ‘overspill’.

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