Does anyone know of good detailed maps of old England?

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I was wondering if anyone has any good sources for detailed maps of old England going back to 1500-1600s?  The ones I am able to locate are not detailed enough and only list major towns and cities. I'm discovering certain villages in England of my ancestors don't exist anymore, Oxenham and Upham, Wiltshire.  Thank you for any assistance.
in Genealogy Help by James Stratman G2G6 Mach 8 (81.5k points)
edited by James Stratman

Goddards?  Upham House still exists

RJ...Yes! I see now, I was looking for the place of John Goddard,I, (b. 1465), the medieval village.  So that one is solved.  I wonder if Oxenham would be the same situation? Thank you for pointing that out.
Oxenham only seems to be heard of as the birthplace of Anne Goddard, so I'd like to know the source for it.  It could be just a mistake that's been copied everywhere.
I saw Oxenham listed for Anne Goddard, but I also saw the name, Eagle Hall listed for her.  On another profile for Goddards I found Eagle Hall in Shrivenham, Berkshire. So I'm wondering if Oxenham is a mistake and it should be Shrivenham. This was in the biography section at
Geni has her living to age 120 so I expect it's about as accurate for her birth location.
I agree Matthew.  Like or Family Search, the Geni trees are rife with inaccuracy. I use Geni just for hints and it has at times come in very handy, but like most online information it takes further research.
Oxenham manor and Oxenham family are and lived in Devon - South Tawton.

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The earliest county maps are probably Saxton's. There are various sites online with images of them. Searcb Saxton and county. There are other maps  by Speed. and again you can find county maps by searching  However you will not find very  small villages on them.

Try ''‘The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names’'which contains many older placenames and attempts to locate them .


but no Oxenham

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (294k points)
selected by James Stratman

Thank you, Helen. That is the best map site I've seen so far. I have bookmarked it. After doing a little more digging I think it might be Shrivenham, Berkshire, in the Swindon area for my Anne Goddard Hinton ancestor.  I appreciate your help.

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Most of the earliest UK maps were strip maps showing the road from A to B on a lot of strips of paper with the main road down the middle and side roads marked the road to X. So unless your village happened to be on a route between two major towns or cities you are probably out of luck.

The UK has lost many villages over the years. A search for lost villages of county might reveal a list with modern map locations where known. See for some.


by Tim Partridge G2G6 Mach 3 (30.9k points)
Here is a copy of John Ogilby's 1675 road map Britannia.

Thank you for those links Tim. I will definitely save those. Much of my research in England ancestry goes back to 16th and 17th centuries.  I appreciate these. :)  - James
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Fun site for old maps of Liverpool and area, if you are looking for an old street
by Anonymous Rocca G2G6 Mach 4 (49.2k points)
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This is the website for British places
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (110k points)

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