A few years ago Midland Ancestors acquired a large number of very detailed street maps of Birmingham and its surroundings that were published by The Ordnance Survey around 1888-1889. The maps are 41″ by 29″ covering an area of about 500 yards by 350 yards. The scale of 1:500 is such that pillar boxes, lamp posts and garden details can be seen. When linked to addresses in censuses and in other records, you can begin to build a picture of the circumstances in which your ancestors lived.
We have about 200 maps covering mostly the Warwickshire parts of the city. We do not have many maps for the Worcestershire and Staffordshire parts of the city. The whole area can be described as bounded by Perry Barr to the North, Small Heath to the East, Moseley to the South and Bearwood to the West.
Often there are two copies of each map, one copy in very good condition and another ”working copy” that has been marked up by hand, occasionally showing house numbers – an invaluable asset for family historians with census records, or access to contemporary street directories.
Digitisation is completed and all of the physical maps have been sold, but it is still possible to order digital maps from our online shop. From here an index of street names, churches, schools, pubs etc. can be downloaded. Use this index to find which maps cover your area of interest. Or you can contact the Map Advisor by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be aware that long roads and streets could be covered by three, four or more maps. The maps, which take the form of Adobe Reader files (.PDF), will be delivered electronically.