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New Google Maps mash-up offers a glimpse of Victorian London

Posted at 4:30 pm, March 5, 2014 in Maps
Victorian London on Google Maps

Ever wonder what London looked like from 1893-96? No, us neither, but thanks to the clever folks at the National Library of Scotland’s Map Department, you can now gaze upon the capital’s Victorian streets using an Ordnance Survey map thats been superimposed over a contemporary Google one.

Being an Ordnance Survey document (those guys don’t mess about) the map is incredibly detailed and includes the locations of everything from popular pubs to local post offices. It’s proper history nerd stuff, complete with a little slider bar that lets you fade the old map in and out.

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It’s really detailed.

We had a gander at what was going on around Tottenham Court Road (where Time Out is based) a century ago. Turns out the area was once home to a large brewery, a 900-seat congregational chapel and 23 pubs. And right outside the Time Out offices? A public urinal. Nice.

To find out how your own hometown has evolved over the years take a look at the map below – or explore it in full screen.

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