Historical maps of the City of Bath and surrounding area
Links to PDFs of historical maps of Bath and the surrounding area published in the 17th and 18th centuries. A University login is required to view the maps.
17-19th Century Maps of the City of Bath
All maps and images Copyright Alex Hansen 2013 unless stated otherwise. Reproduced with permission 2013. These images have been authorised for use by members of the University for non-commercial purposes with appropriate attribution.
The year the map was produced or published is shown below. The links on this page will take you to a PDF copy of the map itself.
17th Century Maps
1612 John Speed map of Bath - "Bathe" panel from Speed's original map of Somerset ("SOMERSET_SHIRE"). Speed produced a series of County maps for "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain" atlas published c1610-12.
1661 Bristol - c1661 Rutger Hermannides Map of Bristol – ‘Bristolia. Bristow.’ – probably based on the Speed map.
18th Century Maps
1734 The South East Prospect of the City of Bath. 1734 engraving. Samuel & Nathaniel Buck. The long prospects of English and Welsh Cities, this actual copy is 1734.
Emanuel Bowen (1694? - 1767) was a London map seller and printer. This map probably came from the 1752 "Atlas Minimus" pocket map.
(No date) Ralph Allen's Estate - This map is possibly the second edition of the Ordinance Survey maps (with Roman detail additions). The map is currently in 37 Great Pulteney St. This building was the administration centre of the Bathwick Estate. This map was probably produced (a pink overlay colour) at the time the Estate was being broken up and sold off. David Richards, a partner at Pearson May Accountants, has agreed copyright use for non-commercial use.
19th Century Maps
1803 Phillips map - Bath & Bristol - from A Guide to All the Watering Places and Sea Bathing Places, printed for Richard Phillips, London.
1890 Black's Handy Atlas - Bath & Bristol - original publisher: John Bartholomew & Son Ltd.
20th Century Maps
- 1919 Plan of the Bathwick Estate within the City of Bath - a large sheet based on the Ordinance Survey map (probably 8 or 16 inches in size). 1919. London. Published by Joseph Stower.