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Goad Maps of Forest Hill ?
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grosehodge


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25-01-2012 10:43 PM

No, not "road maps". GOAD MAPS! Charles Goad produced fire insurance maps for cities around the world, especially London. Risk of fire was ever present in Victorian London- all those coal fires in every building!

These maps were far more detailed than Ordnance Survey maps with a scale of 40ft/inch. They would indicate what activity took place on the premises and the materials the building was made of, eg concrete, brick, timber, steel etc They are wonderful works of art. Do a google image search and you will see some examples.

Goad were making these fire insurance maps up until the 1970s, since when they have specialised in drawing up maps for shopping centres.

The British Library has an extensive collection of them but you have to consult there index book to see which areas are covered. They did produce them for areas outside central London but coverage was more sporadic.

Anyway I was wondering if any one knows if they exist for Forest Hill- Perry Vale in particular.

Thanks
Paul

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Londondrz


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25-01-2012 11:33 PM
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grosehodge


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26-01-2012 08:40 AM

Thanks very much for that. About a hundred years too late for my purposes though! I should of been clearer about the period I am hoping for. Those modern ones lack the magic of the old ones, don't they?

In fact any date pre WW2 would be of interest.

Paul

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Triangle


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26-01-2012 03:26 PM

Not Goad maps and for some reason I can't make the following link active - but I've used the old maps on this site before and although they come under Southwark, I recall some cover Forest Hill too - just might take a bit of searching on your behalf. Most are offered to download in low or high resolution - use the high option if you're going to zoom in. Some of these are very old!

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200212/...outhwark/1

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grosehodge


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29-01-2012 10:08 AM

Thankyou Triangle

I wasn't aware of the Southwark map site and had no trouble accessing them.

Yesterday I became a "reader" at the British Library. I WILL see old Goad maps of Perry Vale - if they exist!

Many thanks

Paul
ps I was without internet access for a few days, so sorry for the tardy reply

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