Part of one of the Cotterell maps showing the centre of Bath Show image info

Part of one of the Cotterell maps

Large-scale Cotterell maps

The 'Cotterell' maps of 1852 show the city in amazing detail - you can even see the house numbers!

The maps were drawn up by Cotterell in 1852/3 for the use of the City Council, which had just acquired responsibility for public health, and are at 1:500 scale. In all, there are 35 original sheets, with each sheet covering a small area of the city.

On each of our disks, you will get at least four adjacent sheets, covering a readily identifiable area. Each disk costs £8, or buy any two for £15.

You can buy the disks :

  • In the Record Office. We can take payment in cash, by cheque, or by debit or credit card.
  • By post - download the order form here, print it off, and send it with payment by cheque.
  • By telephone - we can take payment by credit or debit card and send the disk to you by post.

Please add £1.50 for postage and packing to UK addresses, or £3 to overseas addresses.

See a list of the Cotterell map disks and a keysheet showing the sheet numbers. Note that the orientation of the key sheet is unusual - north is to the right-hand side of the map.  Note also that the worn areas on the keysheet are not worn on the individual sheets, though the latter do also show some signs of wear and tear.