The Street Atlas of Wrexham 1872
The 1872 Ordnance Survey map of Wrexham was produced for the newly incorporated Borough of Wrexham. The selected scale of 1:500 is unusually large and equates to 10.56 feet to 1 statute mile; this enables numerous details to be shown which do not appear on any other OS Map.
The decision to proceed with the map in 1872 was fortuitous in two ways. Firstly, the Borough of Wrexham had been incorporated in 1857 and the new map gave the Council the opportunity to have a detailed survey of its area of responsibility just at a time when the range of civic responsibilities was expanding at a rapid pace. Secondly, the map shows the town before the destruction brought about by the the construction of the Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway and the Wrexham & Ellesmere Railway links during the 1890s. These two lines cut a swathe through the heart of the town to which no individual or organisation was immune; not only were open fields developed but so were residential areas (albeit mainly low quality housing), the Parish Churchyard, the Town Well and the business premises, changing the face of the town forever.
Unfortunately, copies of the 1872 1:500 OS are rare and this volume is a unique opportunity for all those who are interested in the history of the town to purchase a fascinating work of reference.
This volume also contains the 1833 map of Wrexham prepared by John Wood of Edinburgh.
68pp, 295 x 420mm, softback, illustrated