An inch to the mile

This is a lovely series of mapping. Surveyed 1949-1950 and 'corrected' (read minor updates) in 1959. This is a War Office issue of sheet 120, which covers Brownhills, Tamworth, Burton and Derby. It's a handsome document, drawn at inch to the mile scale - 1:63360.

While I was getting the Yates map scanned the other day, I took the opportunity to get some other great maps scanned. This one – an Ordnance Survey sheet covering East Staffordshire – features Brownhills, largely as it would have been in 1950, in the bottom left. This series of mapping was probably the most gorgeous visually ever produced by the Ordnance Survey – drafted by hand with bold colours, this is the series of map I lay on the sitting room floor poring over as a child. This is the map I fell in love with.

This particular issue is a War Office/Air Ministry issue version which has the northings and eastings printed on it in red. Such issues are widely available now from map dealers, and have no cover. I prefer them, as they’re easier to scan and don’t usually have scribbled notes on them.

The map is in .PDF format, for which you’ll need Adobe Reader or similar – but most folks have that installed already. I recommend right-clicking the links below and selecting ‘Save as…’ to save the file to your computer. All of them will take a while to download on slow connections, so please be patient. The high quality one is 250 DPI resolution and should print fine up to A3/original size. The medium one is 200 DPI, and should be good to A4. The basic is 150DPI and is best suited to on-screen use.

OS sheet 120 1959 – high quality download, 19MB

OS sheet 120 1959 – medium quality download, 12.8MB

OS sheet 120 1959 – basic quality download, 4.3MB

Please enjoy this map, there’s more to come.

The legend key alone is gorgeous. I could frame this and put it on the wall.

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4 Responses to An inch to the mile

  1. D.Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    many thanks for posting this map. It is very interesting indeed, and for linking the Stonnall Lost Lanes article. The presence of local stiles and paths intrigues me. Your super video clip through Wall,for example. If you look over the stile just across the road from the Trooper, history is full in your face. Turn around and look up the road by the side of the pub, there’s more!There’s so much to glean just by crossing a stile. Where are the present-daystiles in and around Brownhills and Walsall Wood, I wonder?
    best wishes
    David Evans,

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