Wicklow Maps in the Wicklow Local Studies Collection

Extract from OS First edition 6” to 1 mile Sheet 25 showing the town of Wicklow, the harbour and Black Castle.

Wicklow Local Studies Library holds a number of maps relating to County Wicklow, including the complete collection of the 1838 Ordnance Survey First edition six inch to the mile coloured maps.

These maps were the first accurate and detailed maps of the county and provide a comprehensive portrait of the Irish landscape just prior to the Great Famine. The maps are beautifully illustrated showing forests, bogs, marshland, archaeological features, settlement patterns, Wicklow’s great estates and ‘Big Houses’, along with schools, coastguard stations and other important infrastructure.

The CD ROM ‘Maps of Wicklow Through the ages: A Visual History’ (2016) can be viewed in the Local Studies Library. This resource provides an overview of some of the earliest map depictions of Wicklow from the early 16th century through to the 20th century.

The full suite of Ordnance Survey(OS) maps, both modern and historical, can also be viewed on the online Ordnance Survey mapping tool GeoHive MapViewer http://map.geohive.ie/

For more information on the Local Study Collections, opening hours and access details click here

 

 

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