An animation built with georeferenced records of the city's historic road network.

A new animation from University College London’s Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis illustrates how London has changed from Roman times to the present day.

Extracting from thousands of georeferenced records, “London Evolution Animation” categorizes the information by periods, with new road segments popping up in grey and “statutorily protected buildings and structures” showing up in yellow.

A few screenshots below highlight road network development during a few specific eras. Stick around for the whole 7-minute video and you’ll get a deeper appreciation for the city's long, long history.

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