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IHTA Towns in the Nineteenth Century now available online

16 June 2017

Irish Historic Towns Atlases of Bray and Belfast, part II, 1840 to 1900 are now freely available to search and download. 


Jacinta Prunty, Maynooth University, board member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas and co-author of Galway, recently launched the latest in the IHTA Online series: Towns in the nineteenth century. It joins twenty-three other atlases under the themes of:

Extract from historical map of Belfast c. 1600 to c. 1900

Towns in the nineteenth century

The IHTA towns in the nineteenth century of no. 9 Bray by K.M. Davies (1998) and no. 17 Belfast, part II, 1840 to 1900 by Stephen A. Royle (2007) are available to browse, download and compare with each other as well as with the other twenty-three towns already available online. Bray developed as a seaside resort with the expansion of the rail network and Belfast became the industrial capital of Ireland, primarily of the textile and shipping industries, with its population surpassing that of Dublin in the latter nineteenth-century. These changes are recorded in the atlases with maps and historical documentary evidence of thousands of sites. 

To accompany this launch, the chapter on from Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (Dublin, 2011) is included so the reader can contextualise the town type and see different samples from different towns and case studies.

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/21st cent., 1:5000)*, growth maps, historical compilation maps (where available) and legend sheet.

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

Towns in the nineteenth century can be viewed here

IHTA Online can be viewed here

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