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Maps and plans

Background information

Understanding local maps helps make sense of the past. Examining old maps gives us insights into how the world was – they show much more than how to get from here to there.

Finding and using maps at Shropshire Archives


Visit our Shropshire maps website to view plenty of local examples, information about how to find different types of maps and more about what format the maps are in.

We have digitised our county wide collection of Field Name Maps. These are based on the tithe maps of c 1835-1850. Find out more about the maps, as well as how to download them from our website, on our Field Name Maps blog post.


You will need a to book our map table in the Search Room to view original maps. Often maps may just show a limited area or a few fields so we ask you to look at the microfiche copies first. This will confirm whether or not you will need to view the original map and saves the wear and tear of issuing the original unnecessarily.

Possible restrictions

Some maps are huge so if the search room is busy and the map table is booked, we may not be able to issue maps to you.

Early parchment maps containing coloured pigments are vulnerable to changes in humidity. In particularly cold climatic conditions we won’t be able to produce certain parchment/vellum maps. We don’t have air conditioning, and during especially cold weather relative humidity drops and old parchment shrinks and becomes brittle, causing stress to the parchment. There’s also potential for the ink/pigment to become detached when handled. We’ll try to alert you when appropriate.

Find out more

Visit our maps website for examples and more information.

Information in other places

The National Library of Scotland has digitised a number of Ordnance Survey maps covering England and Wales as well as Scotland. The map holdings of the British Library and The National Archives are also worth checking out. You can also view copies of tithe maps for Wales and England on the Genealogist website.