Manchester – Adshead 80 inch Ward Map – 1851
Joseph Adshead’s map is one of the cartographical gems of Manchester, a depiction of the Victorian city in all its fascination. This CD contains digital images of the coloured maps of the wards of Manchester. The images have been scanned from maps held by Chetham’s Library. There is an index map and street index to each of the maps, The area covered is that bounded by the three rivers: the Medlock, the Irwell and the Irk. The map is drawn to a scale of 80 inches to 1 mile and is arranged on 24 sheets.
The maps are coloured and the colouring and various styles of hatching are used to denote the usage of a building whether it be a private house, a public house or hotel, a warehouse,a mill or a place of business. Public houses are named and, in a lot of cases, the company operating from a factory is named.
There is an introduction written by Terry Wyke – Senior Lecturer in Social and Economic History,
Manchester Metropolitan University