New map to fill gap in Bath’s history

Members of the History of Bath Research Group are hoping their planned new historical map of the city will help fill a gap between Roman times and the Georgian period.

They are collaborating with the Historic Towns Trust to produce a new eye on the past.

The Trust have already successfully produced and published more than a dozen historical maps of cities around the UK. These include Medieval London, Bristol in 1480, Oxford from Medieval to Victorian Times, and, the most recent, Beverley.

These maps sell through book and map retailers and have proved very popular. To produce an historical map of Bath the Research Group need to raise £15,000 which largely pays for the cartography and printing of the map.

It will be a double sided map similar in format to Ordnance Survey Land Ranger maps but at 1:2500 scale with a background plan of about 1900 and the main sites and buildings of interest throughout Bath’s history highlighted in colour on the front.

The reverse will show more detail of the seventeenth century and will also be illustrated with contemporary pictures of the city, mainly from the Victoria Art Gallery collection and descriptions of the main buildings and areas of interest

The group is contributing some of this initial capital and profits from sales will be split between the HBRG and the Trust. However, in order to help them achieve this target they are asking for contributions from our members and supporters.

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