Online Historical Maps

here then we have the homepage for the National Library of Scotland, map images. And we can see that we have a number of options. Find by place browse by Map Maker, side by side viewer, geo referenced maps, and also an Ordnance Survey sheets recorder and the boundaries viewer. Now the National Library of Scotland have digitized the original Ordnance Survey maps from the first edition which was published around about 1880. They also have some other map resources they’re available, which we’re just going to look at. And the first thing to get a view of Springburn in earlier maps and there’s available from the Ordnance Survey. We’re going to look at to town plans and views and we’re going to pick the city of Glasgow obviously we have a whole range here of maps that are available to look at but we are here for the city of Glasgow. Go if we can find it. There we go. And there we have maps from 1583 onwards. Now mostly, most of these are the city of Glasgow. So they’re not necessarily covering Springburn which wasn’t incorporated into the actual city of Glasgow until the early 1900s. However, this map here 1795 map of the town and Glasgow and countries seven miles around, does include Springburn and we will click on the map to view it in greater detail. Let’s take a little while to load There it goes. And we can zoom in on the map using these buttons here. Now here we have the river Clyde running through the center of Glasgow there we have the traditional center of the city of Glasgow itself. If we move the map down a bit Springburn is this area here. So let’s continue to zoom in on motion direct, and we see here that some rocks are spelt with ck s at the end. We see the monkland Canal which is coming along here and up here and to join onto the forth and Clyde canal up here. I don’t know if this will extend as far as the forth and Clyde canal and while we’re waiting for that to load, we see the area of cow lays here is good. It does include the fourth look like now there’s a fourth apply canal and the Muslim canal joining there. And I don’t know how much further north this will go let’s have a quick look for some Clyde canal This looks like the top of the model knows not not just yet. Right there we’re there we’ve reached the limits of the canal off the map even with the city of kirkintilloch and later railways will be built up here one of the first railways in Scotland is the monkland and kirkintilloch line which meets the canal roundabout here. Anyway, let us get us back to spring them back to the Central Lakes area. And then this time we see nothing but little settlements, little farms, nothing of the Springburn that was to come. And in fact nothing of Mr. Tenants chemical works. This map was made just before the tenant chemical works was made. And it was formed around about here where I’ve got the mouse. Okay, let’s go back to maps home. And town plants and views again. quickly see what else we’ve got for Glasgow. If anything shows the chemical works before we get on to the survey Mark map of the city of Glasgow and suburbs 1825 view in greater detail. This only covers the actual limits of the city as we can see, so we’re not going to get very much of Springburn in it. But in 1825 here We are going to see the spring, the monkland Canal there and we see the chemical works just here on the top of the map Charles Tennant’s chemical works. Let’s go back to town plans and views. And a quick look again for Glasgow and if we’ve got anything later 1857 Ordnance Survey 25 inch first edition so this is the earliest Ordnance Survey map available of the Glasgow area. And let’s see what this shows us of. Again, this just looks like city of Glasgow. So it’s not quite including it’s not including spring burn, so it’s not including any part of spring Joseph Swan here plan of Glasgow and suburbs we just looked at. And let’s look at a later one of his maps 1863 view in greater detail plan of Glasgow and suburbs engraved expressly for the post office directory. Interesting. This looks to be based on the previous mapping but does seem to show some more detail here. And here we see the monkland Canal swooping in and doing this funny show the vest shape here. And we see the Rolex chemical works in nice detail here. And we begin to see the role coming in as well. Here we have track of the garden Kirk and Glasgow Railway, which we mentioned before opened in 1831. Coming through Caledonian railway workshops, this is some rollex works gungho gonca in Glasgow coming through past Charles tenants chemical works, and then coming in and then it went into a tunnel and there was a station there is Queen Street station there but the Ganga in Glasgow had a station roundabout here for a few years before it was then diverted into Glasgow Queen Street Station. The Caledonian railway there is the line of the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway and that runs up there through kirkintilloch through Falkirk into Glasgow. There’s the Hyde Park locomotive works. So that’s just appearing on the site. But we see that here. This is where the Atlas works would lead to be built. That’s not yet. And there is the Edinburgh and Glasgow railway workshops called cow layers workshops. So interesting beginning to see things built there as the Industrial Revolution builds up, Springburn, there’s an Ironworks there we see a blockade and just next to Springburn. So very interesting. And now we’re going to be move into the Ordnance Survey mapping. So let’s go back to maps home. And let’s look at briefly look at the side by side viewer. This is very useful if you’re looking to trace maps on the ground in current form, so let’s start to zoom in on Glasgow. keep zooming in. We have the Ordnance Survey one inch maps which were published from 1890 as kirkintilloch there Here we are in Glasgow still zooming in. On the right hand side we have been the maps hybrid view. So a mix of satellite with roads marked on and on the left hand side we have the Ordnance Survey, first series one inch maps, which are going to give us a good introduction. And there we see Springburn marked, just zoom in one point more, I think, and we can begin to see what we see. So Springburn, there is the countless works now called countless industrial estate you see on the right hand side. This line down here is the Edinburgh to Glasgow line, as we can see still in existence, and that takes us into Queen Street Station. Which is they’re not very well marked on this map. We’ll go to a more detailed one Presently here we have the railway works for Hyde Park, which is now our college and virtually on the other side of the railway track. This was the Atlas works, which is now a business park center Alex works is here, which is now some Rolex business and retail Park. This is a Costco retail warehouse. This is a Tesco warehouse. This is the post office I think. And here we see the remnants. The last remnants of the railway works in the modern day environment, which, as I say, is just closed in 2019. Now I’m going to switch mapping. If we take this drop down list here we have a whole range of maps available to us. And we’re going to switch to the six inch maps because that provides much more detail as we can See published from the late 1880s to the early 1900s. And that allows us to zoom in again and to look at all the features that we had in our introduction there. So firstly, we’re going to find the canal, there is the canal, the forth and Clyde canal coming in not really touching Springburn itself, but coming in to the north of Glasgow and opened to Glasgow, from the Firth of Forth in 1775. We see various industries parked along the length of it. And it joins up with the monkland Canal. Just here we see it on the northern photograph very clearly. This is the join and this is the monkland Canal coming along here. Heading back towards Springburn there it is along there the monkland Canal Partick thistle football club clearly wasn’t there in the 1880s And moving back to the basin, which is called port Dundas. Now we see the Edinburgh to Glasgow line coming in there. Down there we see some rollex Depo part of the railway Depo. Now derelict land this is where the site tool flats were which have now been demolished. We see the glass Ganga and Glasgow railway line coming in there into Queen streets while this was the original station here for the gang Kirk in Glasgow, which is now on cow Calvin’s road and there’s now offices I believe, Network Rail still have offices there and the line into Glasgow Queen Street we can see coming down there and there’s Glasgow Queen Street station here. Charles tenants can Mikkel works was here. Let’s see if we can zoom in one more stage. There we go wonderful. With Gong Kirk and Glasgow line right next door to it very handy for Mr. Tennant, who was one of the sponsors virtually across the road was doesn’t Rolex railway works, as I say, Now, a large Tesco supermarket with the remainder of the works just here now recently closed. And a ganker Glasgow line goes off in that direction towards Coatbridge. Other lines coming up here and we’re here we have the Atlas works now in the Atlas industrial estate, and we have the Hyde Park works. Now this college of higher education. And just across here, we have the callous works which is now called as industrial estate and this here in the middle I believe it is their Network Rail signaling Center, which was part of the sidings for countless works. And just up here, the still is a railway carriage Depo just here, I believe it’s a carriage cleaning Depo just outside of springback. Okay, and we’re going to go back to map images homepage. Now, because one of the other views that we can look at is the geo referenced map with overlay which is fascinating. And we’re going to zoom in again to find Glasgow, on the mapping is balmy Scotland, we zoom in. That is the combination of Glasgow on the left here we can see Edinburgh on the right for sunglasses. canal runs along this kind of fissure here between them. Coatbridge is this here. But let’s continue to zoom in. And we can use this. The wonderful thing about this is we can use look at all the maps from the past coming forward. We’ve got the one inch map here. So we’ll go to the six inch map that we had open just a moment ago as coming in, and that gives us more detail as we saw. Once again, in Springburn with all lips railway works, let’s move that down just a little bit. And this, as I say is the six inch map from the late 1880s. Now the wonderful thing about this is it’s we can do it as an overlay and we see the slider here we can change the opacity so that we can begin to see What things are in the modern environment as we filter through and as we see the derelict land here site tear, we can still sort of see that’s a train track. On underwear, the flats were were demolished, which is very interesting. And we can change the background map as well. We can go to being hybrid, which is much the same thing. There we can see bits of railway siding or something there and marked in the ground from from the 1800s. We can also go to OpenStreetMap, which is a very useful way when it’s loaded. I’ve seen tracks and paths and things. It’s useful when you’re out in the countryside if you’re following the track of an old line because it will show where the old lines were if they’re still footpaths and things Anyway, let’s go back to being hybrid. And let’s move the map forward again. So we’re back on the old map. And then we have, as I say, the six inch map, but we have other choices too, coming forward. So there’s a 25 inch to the mile map from 1892 onwards, and that provides extraordinary detail. Let’s zoom in on that. So here we have some relics, mineral Depo, which, as I said before, if we look on the hybrid map, we can still see the traces of those railway tracks. It’s amazing, isn’t it? 150 years later, we can still see traces of where the railway sidings were coming through from they’re amazing Then we have the chemical works let’s zoom out one notch covering all of this land there we have some rocks railway works amazing complex of sidings and things here site till station interesting. Up here we have Hyde Park locomotive works and the Atlas works here. Here we see the Barony pool house which I also mentioned taking up a rather large amount of land on this map from the 1890s as we follow around, we see Cal as works there. And if we zoom out just one more, we see that is on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line which is a slide coming through here and we’ll be able to follow up short breaks I mentioned The Virgili mental hospital called the lunatic porpoise asylum. Other an unpleasant name for it, and that was very near the Edinburgh to Glasgow line. In fact, that might be it there. Yes, there we go. We’re deadly lunatic asylum and branch was built there for the construction for a large site is now largely derelict I think housing is due to be built on it. Let’s go back to spring can easily do that by following the track of the roadway. Right down there’s there is the area of Springburn there with its massive industrial complex. This must have been an amazing place in the 1900s. Probably quite a frightening industrial environment. And we can look at other maps too. So that’s the 25 inch one. We now have an Ordnance Survey one in 25,000 from 1937 coming in, and we can see that chemical symbolics works is still there. Chemical work seems to have largely gone doesn’t unless there’s a relic of it there. There’s sidings. There’s high partworks navisworks. Something else there, there is the Barony hospital, poorhouse. There is the kallyas works there. And we can continue to look forward in the maps, which is really fascinating. Now we have another map taking its time to load not as much detail and this one this one’s not really going to tell us very much as some rocks there. Looks like it’s probably the chemical works. Jump off that map is not very helpful as one in 2500 from 1944. Let’s see what that brings us. As it loads. Yes, that brings us good detail. So this is a map made in the wartime I wonder if it was published in the wartime even necessarily the Germans to get hold of this. Showing us this Rolex locomotive works they’re absolutely vast. Dunkirk and Glasgow line which was Caledonian at that time there is our chemical works and relics chemical works. There is the monkland Canal continuing along, still in operation at that time during the Second World War. zoom out a little bit, so we can see our Other works appear Wow look at all this industry here during the Second World War. We have germiston wagon repairs we have the eclipse works zinc and galvanized iron. We have something else here. There we still have the poorhouse now called Forest Hill by the looks of it are still institution health and welfare. Wow. Still in a very large site. And zooming in here we have the mons works making locomotives presumably part of Atlas. We have the Atlas works here. Hyde Park works here. Cal is is just going to be out of the roadway here street so to speak, as couleurs absolutely amazing during the Second World War everything that was going on let’s look how else we can come forward a bit to 1949 and let the map load. And this one’s not giving us as much detail but Carlos works is still there. Hide partworks Atlas works for us tool institution as it’s now called the former Bernie powerhouses here. Peters Hill football park here. St. rollex. works there other works over there. Chemical works down here. Charles 10. Charles Street interesting that that would be named after Charles Tennant. It’s a railway Buchanan Street Station. The original station now offices and Queen Street Station. And let’s look at another map. Where can we get the seven series 1955? That’s the most recent Apart from the bottom maps, obviously Buchanan Street Station is still there, interestingly enough, not very much marked on this, by the way, but chemical work still there some rollex carriage works still here. Hi partworks Atlas works there is the Barony now called the hospital, there is countless. So that’s what we have on the mapping National Library of Scotland. Mapping allows us to view maps from essentially close to 200 years worth of mapping and looking for your own area. That will be very, very interesting.