Fire insurance maps and plans
The British Library holds a comprehensive collection of fire insurance plans produced by the firm Charles E. Goad Ltd. dating back to 1885. These maps were made for most important towns and cities of the British Isles, and are invaluable sources of detailed information about urban areas and town centres.
Goad fire insurance plans are unique primary source materials capturing what is, in many cases, otherwise undocumented information about buildings, land use and urban design. This collection of Goad plans of the British Isles are the very first editions of this mapping, representing all of the major centres of population at the turn of the twentieth century; publication dates range from 1886 to 1930.