A Coloured Map of Offalia, now forming King's and Queen's Counties
This is a map the counties of Leix and Offaly in Ireland and records the area around the time of the time of the English plantation scheme. This scheme involved the division of the counties of Donegal, Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Armagh and Cavan into plots of land to be given to English and Scottish settlers and Irish who agreed to plant and conform to Protestantism. The cartographer of this map is unknown but it is thought to have been produced in around 1565. Leix and Offaly had been shired by the Earl of Sussex in 1557 and this map was made in connection with the plantations. Settlements are indicated by generalized symbols of buildings. The relief of the land is indicated by hills drawn in perspective and coloured brown, woodland is shown by a representation of tree tops in green, other land is coloured yellow. This map is interesting in that it includes the names of English settlers and indicates by dotted lines the pathways through the woodland and bogs.
Insurance Plan of Limerick: Key Plan
1 : 4800 This "key plan" indicates coverage of the Goad 1897 series of fire insurance maps of Limerick that were originally produced to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks. The building footprints, their use (commercial, residential, educational, etc.), the number of floors and the height of the building, as well as construction materials (and thus risk of burning) and special fire hazards (chemicals, kilns, ovens) were documented in order to estimate premiums. Names of individual businesses, property lines, and addresses were also often recorded. Together these maps provide a rich historical shapshot of the commercial activity and urban landscape of towns and cities at the time.
The British Library holds a comprehensive collection of fire insurance plans produced by the London-based firm Charles E. Goad Ltd. dating back to 1885. These plans were made for most important towns and cities of the British Isles at the scales of 1:480 (1 inch to 40 feet), as well as many foreign towns at 1:600 (1 inch to 50 feet). Chas E Goad Limited Chas E Goad Limited