Browsing maps by decade

Posted by Nick Burch on Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:00:00 +0000

Over the last couple of years, we've occasionally had the opportunity to replace some of our map scans with newer ones. One example was the recent updating of some of our Scottish maps with newer 7th Editon ones.

Generally this works well for everyone - the newer maps are generally a little cleaner and clearer, and have more recent features on them, aiding the location of postcodes.

However, not everyone is only interested in the latest out of copyright maps we have available. Sometimes, it's nice to be able to view a map from a given date, even if that isn't the latest. With this in mind, we've added a new feature to the site. It's now possible to Browse Maps by Decade.

So, if our latest map happens to be from the late 1950s, and you want to see how things looked before some building work which happened in the early 1950s, provided we have an earlier map, you now can! Simply head to and click on your area of interest on the decade of your choice.

At this time we have almost complete 1940s coverage, a bit over a quarter of the 1950s maps, and a smattering of 1920s and 1930s maps. However, we would love to be able to fill in the missing gaps. So, if you have access to flat (never folded) ordnance survey maps from a decade where we're missing that area, we'd love to hear from you! Also, if you are able to scan in folded ordnance survey maps for a decade+area combination area that we lack, again do please get in touch.

Otherwise, we hope you enjoy seeing how things have changed, and we look forward to being able to add the first 1960s maps in January, once the Ordance Survey maps published during 1960 come out of copyright on the 1st of January 2011.

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