are important sources of historical evidence.
They can show how crowded an area was and how
wide the streets were. This tells us about people’s
living conditions. If you look at old maps of
an area and compare them to a modern map you can
see how much an area has changed over the centuries.
Sometimes important buildings are shown on maps.
These might be market places or large warehouses
or churches. These important buildings also tell
us about what was important to the community.
Street names can also give information. For example
a number of streets in Southwark were called Rope
Walk. Rope making was very important in Southwark
as the ropes were needed on the ships.
The maps in this section
are all places where Black and Asian communities
have established themselves going back over
three hundred years.