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Cartography, History
Publication Date
15 October 2015
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Birlinn Ltd
illustrated throughout

Glasgow: Mapping the City


Maps can tell much about a place that traditional histories fail to communicate. This lavishly illustrated book features 80 maps which have been selected for the particular stories they reveal about different political, commercial and social aspects of Scotland’s largest city.

The maps featured provide fascinating insights into topics such as: the development of the Clyde and its shipbuilding industry, the villages which were gradually subsumed into the city, how the city was policed, what lies underneath the city streets, the growth of Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, the development of transport, the city’s green spaces, the health of Glasgow, Glasgow as a tourist destination, the city as a wartime target, and its regeneration in the 1980s as the host city of one of the UK’s five National Garden Festivals.

Together, they present a fascinating insight into how Glasgow has changed and developed over the last 500 years, and will appeal to all those with an interest in Glasgow and Scottish history, as well as those interested in urban history, architectural history, town planning and the history of maps.

John Moore is a specialist on Scottish cartography and has published widely on the subject over a period of many years. He is currently Collections Manager at Glasgow University.


3 Most useful customer reviews (see all reviews):
Sheila Duffy
Feb 11, 2016
I am a map nut . . . and an adopted Glaswegian, so was instantly drawn to this book. What a delight! Hours of fun and detailed information and those maps! Absolutely beautiful! This book is an outstanding contribution to the history of the Dear Green Place.
Danny Livingston
Dec 21, 2015
If there is a problem with this book it's that it should be supplied with a magnifying glass to access the amazing depth of detailed and fascinating information in these historic snapshots of a fast growing city. John Moore lets the maps engage the reader while providing some well researched background on the city's cartographers and the context of their work. Anyone with an interest in the City of Glasgow will enjoy this book, and those with a passion for local history will find it indispensable. Expect to see it quoted as a reference work to settle arguments on web discussion forums and social media for generations to come.
John Gorevan
Oct 25, 2015
A fantastic book of old Glasgow Maps. This book shows well detailed maps of Glasgow from 1596 to 1980s. A great book!

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