For late 19th and 20th century maps see the next page.
We have been collecting maps for many years. The earliest are not very accurate, yet show how the mapmaker understood the area at the time. The first accurate maps date from Col Mudge’s surveys which led to the publication of the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey during the Napoleonic Wars. Updated later to include for example railway lines, these maps are not easy to date. Used until the 1870s, the plates became very worn. Since the 1870s, maps have become clearer, at a greater variety of scales. RPS understands that copyright on OS maps is for 50 years. All maps in this gallery were issued well before before1964.