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British Industrial History

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Goad's Insurance Plans

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  • Charles E. Goad began a fire insurance map-making company in Canada in 1875. Goad established a London office in 1885. [1]
  • Goad’s series of large scale Fire Insurance Plans of various towns and cities showed a quite remarkable amount of detail of value to insurance companies. Nowadays they provide an immensely useful source of historical information about the buildings in selected areas of cities.
  • Over 100 of the Goad plans for Manchester, covering a variety of dates from the 1880s to the 1940s, have been scanned at high resolution, and are available on CD from the Digital Archives Association [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Researching Historic Buildings in the British Isles' website
  2. [2] Digital Archives homepage. [3] Sample extract of Manchester map