The People of Gibraltar
2016 - Mapping our Past - The National Archives


On the 25th of October 2016 the Gibraltar National Archives opened an exhibition which showcased a collection of some of their maps, plans and other items of historical interest. It was part of their Outreach programme. The exhibition itself ran for only a few weeks but a video was produced which highlighted most of the items on display – there were more than a hundred - as well as others which were not.

The video – or a digital version of it – was subsequently posted on the internet as part of the National Archives web site and it is from here that I obtained the selection of items that formed part of the exhibition. They are shown below.

It is a bit unfortunate that the method of presentation used on the website made it difficult to copy individual items and that in general the definition of these was relatively poor. I was able to solve the first problem but not the second.


Aphrica Fabula Mauretania with only one Pillar of Hercules (See LINK)   ( Date unknown )


Torre del Tuerto and New Mole  - plan  ( 1627 – Bravo de Acuña )   


Torre del Tuerto and New Mole   ( 1627 – Bravo de Acuña )   


Straits of Gibraltar  ( 1627 – Bravo de Acuña )  (See LINK)


New Mole and fort ( 1732 – Governor Col J. Sabine – Chief Engineer Capt Jonas Moore ) 


South Bastion and Eight Gun Battery ( 1732 – Governor Col J. Sabine – Chief Engineer Capt Jonas Moore )


Sea Line or Town Wall, Town Battery   ( 1732 – Governor Col J. Sabine – Chief Engineer Capt Jonas Moore )


Queen’s Battery    ( 1732 – Governor Col J. Sabine – Chief Engineer Capt Jonas Moore )


Prince’s Line, Grand Battery and Old Mole   ( 1732 – Governor Col J. Sabine  (See LINK) – Chief Engineer Capt Jonas Moore  )


Bay of Gibraltar   ( Early 18th century – Michelot and Bremond )


Bay of Gibraltar and Algeciras  (See LINK)  ( Early 18th century )


Plan of the Moorish Castle  ( See LINK ) ( 1836 )


The Great Siege  (See LINK)  ( Unknown date )



The Spanish Lines and La Línea de la Concepcíon  (See LINK)     ( 1853 )


Post Office Plans  ( 1860 )



Catalan Bay   (See LINK)    ( 1860 - Ordnance Survey Map  )



Jumper’s Bastion  (1866 )  (See LINK



Plan of Racket Court  ( 1867 )



Plan of King’s Bastion  ( 1882 )



Plan of Naval Hospital   ( 1886 )



Plan Crown property Willis’s Road  ( 1902 )



Plan Crown property Castle Steps  ( 1903 )



Sergeant’s Mess    (1905 )



Crown Property Willis’s Road   ( 1906 )



Police Barracks Bath Rooms   ( 1906 )



Prince’s Lines   ( 1908 )



Police Barracks Rifle Range   ( 1910 )



Crown Property Booth’s Passage   ( 1911 )



Devil’s Gap Battery   ( 1914 ) (See LINK)



Crown Property Devil’s Gap Road   ( 1914 )



Loretto Convent   ( 1917 ) See LINK)



King’s Chapel   ( 1951 )



Main Street   (1965 )   (See LINK



Main Street – detail   ( 1965 ) 



Casemates Plan for Formal Gardens   ( 1996 )



Freehold     ( Date Unknown )



The Rock of Gibraltar   ( Date Unknown )