Historic maps

Waltham on the Wolds and Melton Mowbray - both similar sizes.

The earliest map of Waltham - charted during the 1570s.

The maps of Leicestershire showing Waltham were professionally photographed with the kind permission of Wigston Public Records Office. The earliest date from the 1570s (above). At this time Waltham and Melton were equally important. But over subsequent centuries, Melton grew larger in comparison – presumably because of its access to England’s river system.

To view all our Waltham maps with full captions, click here. (They’re in date order – from earliest to latest.) Or if you’re interested in any particular map, click any of the ‘image’ links on the right and they will appear in a pop-up window.

These are close-ups of each map showing Waltham. By scrolling through them, using the arrow that appears on either side of the image, you can view them all in date sequence.

To go to the full page descriptions with full images of the county map – as well as close-ups of Waltham – click on any ‘info’ link

Although the images aren’t pin-sharp (they were photographed rather than scanned), they do make attractive prints. If anyone’s interested, I can provide these in any size, format or material. I also have A5, A4 and A3 frames and mounts if required. We’ll put any profit into a kitty to fund both the website and purchase any more old images of Waltham that appear on ebay.

Use the contact page to get in touch if you’d like any print from the site.

Charted by Christopher Saxton. 1543-1610.

This detail from the map above records that it was originally surveyed by Christopher Saxton during the reign of Elizabeth I. Click here for more information on this map.

1570s map : image : info
1602 map : image : info
1610 map : image : info
1630 map : image : info
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1690s map : image : info
1736 map : image : info
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1801 map : image : info
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  1. Finola Delamere

    I am intrigued by the fact the main road between Waltham and Croxton appears not to include Ling’s Hill on the 1787 map. Looking at a modern (Explorer 287) map the main road seems to be Bescaby Lane leading into Mary Lane and then along the current footpath to Swallow Hole Covert.After that there is no obvious path that follows the road on the 1787 map to meet the Drift at Three Queens. There is a lane/path that has quite a sharp left turn going towards Tipping’s Gorse and this looks as though it could have gone on to meet Three Queens.

  2. It is odd that the map shows the main road between Waltham and Grantham bypassing Croxton and then joining the present A607 where it crosses the Drift. I wonder whether the map-maker simply got it wrong – marking the straightest line in bold. All the other maps we have show it running its present course. As you say, there’s no obvious bridleway or footpath that matches the route shown from Croxton Park to the A607.

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