The second coming

Ornance Survey 1976 issue of what I believe to be a second revision of the second series - the birth of modern 1:25,000 mapping. This sheet covers twice the area of SK00, and used computerised data collection methods, drafting and typesetting. This is a revolutionary map. For the second series, the whole country was completely resurveyed. For download links, see the bottom of this post.

After the last post in which I made available the 1969 Ordnance Survey first series SK00 map of Brownhills, I can now present the map that replaced it. The first edition of the second edition (confused? You should be…) was in 1974, but I’ve yet to locate that copy. This is from 1976, and illustrates why the first edition was so inaccurate; in the interim period, the mapmakers had been undergoing a technological and methodological revolution. This map bears all the hallmarks of automated drafting – uniform fonts, presentation and representation; flatform contours, even printing and appearance. It’s a work of art of a different stripe. To produce this, an army of surveyors and drafters worked flat out to resurvey the entire country. This was a massive achievement, and gave us the basis for the 1:25,000 mapping we use today.

Look out for the information provided by this sheet: road names are out (to return later), but footpaths, bridleways and rights of way are in. Woodlands get a better representation, and divisions between conjoined properties are shown. Out are benchmarks, but in come churches and buildings carrying triangulation points. Contours are still at imperial 25 feet intervals, but marked in metres. Look for the detail around Clayhanger Common (then a refuse tip), Stubbers Green and St. Matthews Hospital in Burntwood. Note also the mad county boundary running through Chasewater – a situation not rectified until the nineties that caused the virtual abandonment of the park for two decades due to local authority paralysis. I adore this map,and never tire of looking at it. I really need to get out more.

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 300 DPI resolution and should print fine up to A3/original size. The medium one is 250 DPI, and should be good to A4. The basic is 200 DPI and is best suited to on-screen use.

OS sheet SK0010 – high quality download, 21.3MB

OS sheet SK0010 – medium quality download, 9.8MB

OS sheet SK0010 – basic quality download, 6.6MB

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