Lose yourself in the mapping

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High quality, 1:10,560 scale Ordnance Survey historical mapping for free, you say? Lead me to it… Click for a larger version. Image from National Library of Scotland Site.

If you’re engaged in the local online community, you’ll have no doubt caught up with this already, but for those who haven’t, there’s a new historical mapping resource available online right now, free of charge, and it’s really rather special.

I believe the site was first widely publicised locally by friend of the blog, kite photographer and Aldridge historian Barry Carpenter. I think the local press have since picked up on it from Barry, and gone quite mad over it. However, it is a stunning thing and worthy of all the fuss.

In a nutshell, the National Library of Scotland have put the entire collection of historic British Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 large scale mapping online, browsable for free. They’re even happy to let you take screenhots. The digitisation of the mapping is far, far better than any I’ve seen before, and the site is speedy and comprehensive.

Dont take my word for it, go look here.

Not only is the mapping online, but there is great information also available.

To save the faffing around, I’ve made some links up at the bottom of this post to popular and useful local maps. Off you go – fill your boots!

What an excellent thing. My compliments to the technicians involved.

The links below are not complete lists – just the ones I think are very useful. Go browse for the full selection.

Brownhills Central and North (inc. Chasewater)

Shire Oak, Walsall Wood, Clayhanger & Pelsall

Stonnall & Lynn

Lichfield & Whittington

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It was all going on in Brownhills Central in 1938…

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7 Responses to Lose yourself in the mapping

  1. Clive says:

    Great website Bob. Lovely maps. Cheers

  2. David says:

    Thanks Bob!

  3. Cheers for the mention Bob.

  4. http://wtp2recorder.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm This is one of my fav. sites. You can show the 1930’s 1:25,00 Blue cover maps next to Google Earth, Amongst other OS maps.

  5. Andy Dennis says:

    Thanks, Bob and Barry!

    These are really useful resources.

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