Please note that this text covers only map series covering England & Wales and only serves as a very brief history. The Illustrated Guide to Ordnance Survey Map Series will have more information, but is a work in progress. This text will be kept available until the Illustrated Guide is completed.

This text was prepared in June 2005, and may not be up-to-date.

Ordnance Survey Small Scale Maps 1801 - present:
A Brief History

The dates in brackets after the name of each map series indicate, as far as can be determined, the date of first publication and the date of last revision respectively.

1-inch scale:

1:50 000 scale:

1:25 000 scale:

Text prepared: 26 June 2005
Page last updated: 22 June 2008