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
Fashion Street off Brick Lane is named after the
cloth and tailoring industries.
maps in this section are all places where Huguenot
people settled from the sixteenth century onwards.