Preston: Past and Present

What can maps tell us?

Use the links at the bottom of the page to look at some old maps of Preston. You may have some of your own as well. You will also need a modern map of Preston.


Maps are very useful to historians because they can show us exactly the same place but at different points in history. This means that they can help us to understand how towns have changed over time.  


What do these maps tell us about how Preston has changed over time?

  • How big is Preston on these maps?

  • How many people do you think live there?

  • How do people get around?
  • What jobs do you think people have? 

The pictures on this page might help you to think about this!


You could have a look on the maps for these places:

  • Houses
  • Churches or other places of worship
  • Railway stations
  • Roads
  • Factories
  • Parks
  • Prison
  • Bridges
  • Docks

Compare the maps using your 2nd Worksheet (see link below).

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