Ordnance Survey (c.1900-c.1911) Ordnance Survey (c.1911-1919) Ordnance Survey (1945-1959) Ordnance Survey (1965-1969) Ordnance Survey (1969-1995) Ordnance Survey (1996-)
A set of potted histories for each major civilian OS map series, with particular emphasis on cover design.
Make your choice from the links below, generally organised in order of mapping scale.
N.B. This is a work in progress - greyed-out items are not yet available.
See also [old documents]:
Notes on cover artwork and chronology of OS maps
A brief history of OS small-scale maps, 1801 - present

Large Scale
1:2 500 & 1:10 560 (6-inch) County Series
1:2 500, 1:10 000 & 1:10 560 National Grid Series

1:25 000
1:25 000 First Series (1945-1986)
1:25 000 Second (‘Pathfinder’) Series (1965-1997)
1:25 000 Outdoor Leisure Series (1972-2001)
1:25 000 Explorer Series (1994- ) Updated

1:50 000
1:50 000 First & Second (‘Landranger’) Series (1974- ) Updated

1-inch [1:63 360] (England & Wales)
1-inch ‘Old’ Series
1-inch New Series
1-inch Revised New Series
1-inch Revised New Series in Colour
1-inch Third Edition
1-inch Third Edition in Colour
1-inch Third Edition [Large Sheet Series]
1-inch Fourth Edition (1911-1912)
1-inch Popular Edition (1919-1941)
1-inch Fifth Edition (1931-1941)
1-inch New Popular Edition (1945-1959)

1-inch [1:63 360] (Scotland)
1-inch First Edition of Scotland
1-inch Second Edition of Scotland
1-inch Third Edition of Scotland
1-inch Fourth Edition of Scotland (1912)
1-inch Popular Edition of Scotland (1924-c.1940)
1-inch Popular Edn. of Scotland (Post-war) (1945-c.1958)

1-inch [1:63 360] (Great Britain)
1-inch War Revisions (1940-1948)
1-inch Seventh Series (1952-1974)

½-inch [1:126 720] (England & Wales)
½-inch Map [Small Sheet Series]
½-inch Map [Large Sheet Series]

½-inch [1:126 720] (Scotland)
½-inch Map of Scotland
½-inch [1:126 720] (Great Britain)
½-inch Map of Great Britain (1956-1962)

¼-inch [1:253 440] (England & Wales)
¼-inch General Map of England & Wales
¼-inch First Edition
¼-inch Second Edition [Small Sheet Series]
¼-inch Second Edition [Large Sheet Series]
¼-inch Third Edition
¼-inch Third Edition, New Series
¼-inch Fourth Edition
¼-inch Fourth Edition (Post-war)

¼-inch [1:253 440] (Scotland)
¼-inch General Map of Scotland
¼-inch First & Second Edition
¼-inch Third Edition
¼-inch Third Edition, revised
¼-inch Fourth Edition
¼-inch Fourth Edition (Post-war)

1:250 000 (Great Britain)
‘¼-inch’ Fifth Series (1957-1978)
1:250 000 Routemaster Series (1978-1991)
1:250 000 Travelmaster Series [Sheets 2-9] (1993-1999)
1:250 000 Road Map / ‘Travel Map - Road’ (2001-2009)

10-mile [1:633 600] & 1:625 000
Ten-Mile Road Map [1]
Ten-Mile Road Map [2]
Ten-Mile Road Map [3]
1:625 000 Route Planning Map
1:625 000 Travelmaster Series [Sheet 1] (1993-1999)
1:625 000 Routeplanner (2000-2001)
1:625 000 ‘Travel Map - Route’ (2002-2008)

Tourist & Special Maps
1:10 560 City & Town Maps
1:10 000 City, Town & Neighbourhood Maps
1:126 720 City Link Maps (1986-1989)
Historical & Commemorative Maps
Small-scale District & Tourist Maps (1856-1945)
Small-scale Tourist & Touring Maps (1948-1999)
Touring Maps & ‘Travel Map - Tour’ (2000- )

Last updated: 22 April 2012