Online Map Sources

A guide to online historic maps, modern street maps, GIS maps, satellite photographs and aerial photographs of North East England.

North East Resources - Northumberland County Council has put online many old plans, photographs and Ordnance Survey maps for over 75 towns and villages in Northumberland.
example - Greenwood's 1828 map of Berwick upon Tweed to Unthank, showing tollbars and a colliery railway. - local history, historical maps and archaeology of County Durham and Northumberland. - Pictures in Print from Durham University.
Includes old maps by Mostyn John Armstrong, Andrew Armstrong, John Thomas William Bell, John Gibson, Christopher Greenwood and the Geological map of Durham by William Smith.

National Resources
First Edition Ordnance Survey at 1:2500 scale (not a complete coverage), example - 1861 Newcastle upon Tyne
First Edition Ordnance Survey at 1:10560 scale, example - 1862 Sunderland - Ordnance Survey website of the electoral geography of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Turn layers on and off to show Parish Boundaries, District Boundaries, etc. - The Gazetteer provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain, containing over 50,000 entries. - The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland, and you can be part of it.
Sponsored by Ordnance Survey. Convert Latitude and Longitude to Grid References.
example - NZ1517 - West Tees Railway Bridge. - GeoNames is integrating geographical data such as names of places in various languages, elevation, population and others from various sources. All lat/long coordinates are in WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984). Users may manually edit, correct and add new names using a user friendly wiki interface.
GeoNames uses Google satellite images - modern online 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. - GMT Greenwich Mean Time and Time in every Time Zone. The clock will automatically re-synchronize every 300 seconds. - Multi-Agency Geographic Information for the Countryside.
Includes a readout of Grid References and Map Coordinates. - Google satellite photographs with hybrid map overlay. There are gaps in the high-definition coverage.
Google Street View now covers many roads in the UK. Drag the little yellow figure and the covered roads turn blue.
example - Newcastle and Gateshead with the Sage completed. - Microsoft Bing maps and aerial photographs.
example - Newcastle and Gateshead with the Sage completed.

Microsoft Bing now has "Birds Eye View" oblique aerial photos for some areas including Sunderland, Newcastle, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton and Middlesbrough. They are much sharper than the vertical photos. You can view from North, East, South and West.
example - Wear Bridges at Sunderland.

National Library of Scotland - Access high-resolution zoomable images of over 6,000 maps of Scotland.
example - 1852 Town Plan of Berwick upon Tweed

Georeferenced maps - of North East England.
1880s "six inch", 1920s "one-inch", 1930s "2-and-a-half-inch" and 1950s "one-inch maps".

Sheet maps - of North East England.
example - Sunderland - 1855 First Edition "six inch" sheet map. - online old Ordnance Survey maps from Landmark.
  • Latest upgrade has 1:500 scale Town Plans, Post-WWII maps and Russian maps of Britain, 01 October 2010.
  • Includes map parts missing near county boundaries on Tomorrows History and Keystothepast websites.
  • example - Carliol Square Station. Select 1862 Town Plans 1:500.
  • example - Carville Station on the LNER Riverside branch. Select 1896 Town Plans 1:500.
  • example - Byker Platform, Riverside Junction. Select 1896 Town Plans 1:500.
Click "Switch Print Extent Off" to remove the blue layer. - 1940s and 1950s "one-inch" New Popular Edition Maps.
example - Guisborough Station, closed in the 1960s.

Rootsweb GenMaps - Old and interesting maps of England, Scotland and Wales
example - County Durham by Joshua Archer, 1835. This map shows railways which were never built. - modern online maps.
example - Durham City - TerraServer has just added thousands of new satellite images from around the world.
example - Coatham Pier cinema - RAF post-war aerial photos. These thumbnail views cover a limited area of County Durham.
example - Stanley, 1944 - showing Stanley Engine on the bend in the Stanhope and Tyne Railway.
The incline ran eastwards down to Grange Villa. The Engine site is now covered by Humber Road.

The same view on - zoom out to view 1940s photo. - Route planner with maps and satellite photographs. Now - A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
example - Washington, County Durham - The World Gazetteer provides a comprehensive set of population data, related statistics, flags, etc. Now only in French language. - The Godfrey Edition online catalogue - inexpensive (£2.25) reprints of old 1:2500 Ordnance Survey maps. - add your favourite places to the Wiki directory of Google satellite photos. There are gaps in the high-definition coverage.

example - Stadium of Light, Sunderland - uses the same Google satellite images as Wikimapia. Add your own place polygons.
example - Berwick upon Tweed - another website using Google satellite images. Add your own placemarks.
example - Shildon

Other County Maps
Calderdale (Halifax area) - Cheshire - Cumbria - Derbyshire - East Riding - Lancashire - Norfolk - Staffordshire -
Ship and Aircraft tracking - live ship movements around the British coast, using AIS (Automatic Identification System) and Google satellite photos. - similar to ShipAIS, but worldwide. Click "Go to Area" then select North Sea. Click a ship to see its info and previous track. - live airliner traffic movements around Europe. Click an aircraft to see its info and previous track. - similar to FlightRadar24.

Australia - Australian street maps online including Melway and Sydway guides.
example - Moonee Ponds, ancestral home of Dame Edna Everage. - UBD street maps of Australia.

France - Road maps and aerial photographs of French territories across the world. - Gateway website for maps on the web. Maintained by Tony Campbell, Map Librarian (retired), British Library, London

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