Maps & Images

Maps of Cork : An Introduction

Maps are among the most important sources for tracing the development of a city through time. They are especially important for tracing the development of Cork, due to the almost complete destruction of the municipal records of city in fires in the courthouse in 1891 and in the old City Hall in 1920. The geography of Cork city is unusual. The centre of the city is built on what was a series of marshy lands in the tidal estuary of the river Lee. Many of the main streets were formed in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when the waterways between the islands were arched over with culverts carrying the water which still flows under the streets of the city.

The suburbs of the city initially developed on a north-south axis in the areas around Shandon to the north and Barrack Street to the south. Later, the eastern and western suburbs developed when the merchant princes left the centre of the city in the late eighteenth century and built their houses in Blackrock, Montenotte, and other fashionable suburbs.

The maps available in this section show the development of the city from the small, walled medieval city in 1545 to the much larger city of 1893.

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 1545: Plan of Cork city  Pacata Hibernia map, 1585-1600  c.1585-1600 Map of Cork city  1595: Pacata Hibernia modified by Robert Walker thumb
 1610: Corcke City Map  c. 1690 The City of Cork map  1726 John Carty Plan of Cork city  1726: Restored detail of John Carty's Plan of Cork city
 1750: Smith's map of Cork city  1759: Rocque's map of Cork city  1760: Butts's View of Cork  1774: Connor's map of Cork city
 1801: Beauford's map of Cork city  1832: Chalmer's Local Survey map of Cork city  1832: County of the City of Cork map  1832: Thomas Holt's map of Cork city & suburbs
 1845: Ordnance Survey hand-coloured map  1852: Moore's National Exhibition map of Cork city & harbour   1872: Wilkie's map of Cork city  1891: Guys Map of Cork City
 1893: Guy's map of Cork city