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IHTA towns of Anglo-Norman origin now available online

Athlone, Carlingford, Carrickfergus, Fethard, Kilkenny, Mullingar, Sligo and Trim are freely availble to search or download.


Michael Potterton, Maynooth University and new editor of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Editorial Board, with Paul Manzor and Brian O’Donovan of Eneclann, launched the latest in the series of IHTA Online atlases: Towns of Anglo-Norman Origin. It is the latest in the IHTA Online series and joins Towns of Monastic Origin and Towns of Viking Origin launched in late 2016.

The IHTA Anglo-Norman towns

The IHTA Anglo-Norman towns of no. 2 Carrickfergus by Philip Robinson (1986), no. 5 Mullingar by J.H. Andrews with K.M. Davies (1992), no. 6 Athlone by Harman Murtagh (1994), no. 10 Kilkenny by John Bradley (2000), no. 13 Fethard by Tadhg O’Keeffe (2003), no. 14 Trim by Mark Hennessy, no. 23 Carlingford by Harold O’Sullivan and Raymond Gillespie (2011) and no. 24 Sligo by Fióna Gallagher and Marie-Louise Legg are an excellent resource for anyone interested in this period of history and urban development. There are thousands of histories of significant topographical sites and maps of the development of each Anglo-Norman town. Along with the release of these atlases is the chapter on the Anglo-Norman town from Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (Dublin, 2011) where the town type is contextualised and case studies given.

Included with each atlas is:

  • The cover, general abbreviations, introduction and select bibliography
  • Word searchable essay, text maps and topographical gazetteer
  • Map 1 (mid-19th cent., 1:50,000), Map 2 (mid-19th cent., 1:2500), Map 3 (modern 20th cent., 1:5000), growth maps, historical compilation maps and legend sheet.

Towns of Anglo-Norman Origin can be viewed here.

This project has been made possible by our collaboration with Eneclann who scanned our back catalogue of atlas for the online editions.

Due to copyright reasons, not all historical maps and views can be reproduced online, but are available in the print editions.


Irish Historic Towns Atlas