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Map resources

Map resources at Lancaster University Library

General information

The University Library map collection contains a wide range of maps published by the Ordnance Survey. These include historical maps, motoring maps, outdoor leisure maps, administrative maps, and detailed town plans. This guide lists a selection of the maps available.

Copyright: Ordnance Survey maps are subject to Crown copyright for a period of 50 years after publication. The University has an educational licence with the Ordnance Survey which allows reproduction of O.S. maps for teaching, lecturing and University research purposes. Copies must be limited to a specific size depending on the scale of the map, and bear an acknowledgement. Further details are available in the Map Collection. 

Digital OS Maps: The EDINA Digimap service provides access to modern Ordnance Survey digital mapping & also to the Ancient Roam historic map collection for earlier Ordnance Survey maps (1846 to end of 20th Century). See the Digital Map Resources tab above for details of the Digimap service.

Administrative maps

Administrative maps showing Local Government areas and Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries are available. The library has copies at the following scales:

1:625,000 Local Government and European Constituency Boundaries
Two sheets cover the whole of Great Britain. (Sheet Map 5ea86.Y - Vertical Map Chest, folder 14)

1:100,000 Local Government Areas and Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries
A series of maps are available for mainly the north of England, showing Counties and Districts. Most maps dated 1973-1980 but more recent maps available for Lancashire. (Sheet Map 5ea41.Y - Vertical Map Chest, folder 14)

General topographic maps

1:50,000 Landranger Series : the whole of Great Britain is covered in 204 sheets. This series replaced the earlier One-inch maps (1:63,360). (Map 5ea21.Y - B30)

1:25,000 Pathfinder, Outdoor Leisure, Explorer Series Maps : Pathfinder maps are held for north-west Lancashire and south Cumbria. Explorer & Outdoor Leisure maps are held for such areas as Blackpool & Preston, Forest of Bowland, Lancaster & Morecambe, the English Lakes, Yorkshire Dales, Three Peaks, Malham and Upper Wharfedale, South Pennines, Snowdonia National Park etc. (Various classmarks - B30)

1:10,000 Large Scale Maps : maps are available for the north-west of England, covering an area from north Manchester to Carlisle. These maps date from 1972 to date, and replaced the earlier Six-inch maps (1:10,560). (Sheet Map 5ea6.Y - Map Chest 1)

1:2,500 Large Scale Plans : maps are available for the local area, from Galgate in the south to Arnside in the north. Mostly 1956-1973. (Sheet Map 5ea2.W - Map Chest 1)

1:1,250 Town Plan : Lancaster City centre only. (Sheet Map 5ea1.Y - Map Chest 5)

Early ordnance survey maps

The library has copies of early Ordnance Survey maps, including the following:

First Edition One-inch (David & Charles reprint) : c. 1790-1850. 97 sheets cover England and Wales. (Map 5ea26.N - B32)

First Edition Six-inch Map of Lancashire : 118 sheets published from 1846-1849. (Sheet Map 5ea6.P - Map Chest 7)

Twenty Five inch Map of Lancashire : incomplete set with various dates from 1912-1939. (Sheet Map 5ea2.R - Vertical Map Chest)

Historical maps

The Ordnance Survey publishes a range of historical maps, the library's map collection includes the following:

Ancient Britain (Map 5ea87.Y - B30)
Roman Britain (Map 5ea87.Y - B30)
Hadrian's Wall (Map 5ea21.Y - B30)
Roman & Anglian York (Map 5ep2.Y - B30)
Viking & Medieval York (Map 5ep2.Y - B30)