Online Map Collections

Old Maps of Manchester

Key items from our map collection can be viewed in our Library Digital Collections repository. These date from the 17th century to mid-20th century.

A selection of historical maps focusing on central Manchester are listed below. The maps date from the late 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, and comprise private surveys, detailed Ordnance Survey maps and a selection of plans showing the Manchester Ship Canal and Docks. 

Maps can be zoomed into street level to examine detail such as building outlines and functions, mill-owners names and the internal layout of public buildings.

To help you locate the sheet you need from a series, view the index map or browse the selected maps.

Maps of Manchester and Lancashire can now also be viewed in our new Manchester Digital Collections resource! 

  • Ship Canal
    A small selection of maps show the proposed route of the Manchester Ship Canal and some of the plans include section drawings of warehouses and hydraulic systems as well as detailed measurements of individual docking areas. Browse maps 

A selection of old maps of Manchester held by Manchester Archives and Local Studies are also available online.

These comprise:

For further information about the World War 2 aerial bomb maps please contact: Archives and Local Studies at Manchester City Library.

Soviet Military Maps of Manchester

During the cold war the Soviet Military mapped over 80 UK towns and cities in a staggering amount of detail. These four sheets cover the Greater Manchester area, including the City Centre, Trafford Park, Bury, Bolton, Stockport and Oldham. View maps

Campus maps through time

Campus Maps Through Time documents 190 years of the University of Manchester's history and the development of its Estate. This collection comprises original campus maps, development site plans, architectural drawings and historical student guides taken from the Library's Special Collections and University Archives. 

Japanese maps: the geography of the Edo period

In partnership with the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the Japan Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the University of Manchester has digitised a number of maps from our Japanese collection