On 21 June 1791 ...the first map was produced 10 years later.
Maybe we should have a seance and get them to manage HS2 ?
The Ordnance Survey celebrates its 225th birthday this week, and is commemorating it with two new custom retro-styled maps. Both marry historically accurate styles to modern data. On 21 June 1791, the then "Board of Ordnance" purchased a Ramsden theodolite to survey Britain and protect from a French invasion, hence the 225th …
I love OS maps (sad I know) and remember many a Geography lesson learning about them.
Church with a tower
Church with a dome
Scree - Google Maps still does not include this useful bit of information.
A pint to OS - If you need to know where to get the pint - Search for the pint pot with a handle.
Streetmap.co.uk is good for that, for certain resolutions.
A chum of mine once wrote a screen scraper to grab the entire British Isles from it, and then hacked together a quick script to auto-generate an A4 (or whatever) compatible printout of any area he wanted to cycle/ramble in.
Totally agree, nothing to feel sad about.
I spent many a happy hour / day / week pottering up and down various hillsides, along footpaths in my younger days. A great way to get out, get exercise, fresh air, and enjoy the countryside.
After I reached 18, and could legally be served in pubs... well actually, it didn't make a lot of difference, as I had been nipping in and out since 16, but there was a greater sense of enjoyment.
"Am i the only one who's seen the cheeky cockney pub reference in Tiree? Rubha Dubh? (twice)..."
Sorry to disappoint you, but Rubha Dubh translates as Black Promontory - rubha = promontory, dubh = black.
It's pretty obvious even to a none Gaelic speaker from the opposite side of the world (such as myself) that rubha has to have a meaning like cape, point or promontory.
I always liked the appearance of the 1/4 inch series which, to my mind, had a reasonable balance between supuplying sufficient ground detail and covering a reasonable area, particularly for driving. If you were on foot then of course they were inadequate but that was what the 1 inch was designed for. And the 1/4 inch was less likely to suffer from the problem common to both the 1 inch and the 1:50,000 - everywhere you want to go to is right in the corner of the map !
I have found that there is little to choose between the 1 inch and 1:50,000, they are both excellent maps, but aesthetically the 1/4 inch had them both beat !
I too raise a glass to the OS, and to 'Liberty, Fraternity and Equality'.
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