Obtaining Historical Maps


Historical Ordnance Survey maps up to 1997 - Emapsite

One of the easiest ways to obtain a set of old Ordnance Survey maps of a location, covering the 20th century up to 1997, is to use the historic mapping - MapInsight option using www.emapsite.com 

Historical Ordnance Survey maps from 1997 onwards - legal deposit libraries 

Historical OS maps after 1997 are not commercially available available but print copies can be obtained, for use in a court or tribunal case, from legal deposit libraries such as the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Cambridge University library, and the British Library in London

Other sources for Ordnance Survey maps

Other sources of information about historical OS maps include the Charles Close Society - www.charlesclosesociety.org 

Other maps held by County Record Offices

County Record Offices hold copies of other historical maps including Tithe Maps made in the mid Nineteenth Century, Turnpike Maps and Enclosure Maps.

Local authorities which are Highway Authorities (e.g. County Councils) maintain a map of Adopted Highways under the Highways Act 1980. These may provide useful information about the land you are concerned with if it borders a highway or has a highway passing through it. The same local authority will also have a Definitive Map of Public Paths maintained under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.


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