Insurance Plan of Nottingham Vol. III: sheet 43-5
1 : 480 This detailed 1893 plan of Nottingham is one of a series of six sheets in an atlas 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
1 : 31680 This drawing covers,the border territory,of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, the county boundary being indicated by a red dotted line at lower right. The city of Nottingham and the broad floodplain,that characterises this part of the Trent Valley,are depicted at the top of the sheet., The undulating countryside of the Nottinghamshire Wolds is represented by soft brushwork interlining ('hachuring') in the lower part of the sheet. Stevens, Henry