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Map of Early Modern London maps the spatial imaginary of Shakespeare’s city by asking how London’s spaces and places were named, traversed, used, repurposed, and contested by various practitioners, writers, and civic officials. MoEML’s maps allow us to plot people, historical documents, literary works, and recent critical research onto topography and the built environment. An early contributor to the spatial turn and literary Geographic Information Systems (GIS), MoEML also provides a virtual space for exploring the meaning and representation of cultural space in the London of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


MoEML has converted its gazetteer data for ingestion into the LINCS triplestore. MoEML’s gazetteer is a descriptive geographical index that offers a standard for placenames c.1550-1650, enabling interoperability across digital projects that include early modern London placenames. It includes six main components:

  • Variant Toponyms: The name for a place.
  • Authority Names: The generally recognized or standard name used for a place.
  • @xml:ids: The unique identifer for a place.
  • Agas Map References: The geo-coordinates for a place, plotted on the Agas Map.
  • Other Variant Names and Spellings: The additional names for a place, generated dynamically through MoEML’s TEI-XML encoding.
  • Location Types: The category to which a place belongs, such as church, street, site, or ward.

For more information, see MoEML’s Gazetteer of Early Modern London.

Project Leads

  • Janelle Jenstad, Director
  • Martin Holmes, Lead Programmer
  • Mark Kaethler, Assistant Director (Mayoral Shows)
  • Kristen A. Bennett, Assistant Director (Pedagogy)
  • Erica Zimmer, Assistant Director (Bookshops)

For more information, see MoEML’s Team.


MoEML is currently funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant (2018-2023). For more information, see MoEML’s Acknowledgements.

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