What do symbols mean on OS map?
Maps use symbols to label real-life features and make the maps clearer. Symbols can be small pictures, letters, lines or coloured areas to show features like campsites, pubs or bus stations. If you look closely at a map, you will see that it is covered in symbols.
What does P mean on old OS maps?
It means the same as it does on modern new maps. P stands for pillar, post, or pole. It always has done, on Ordnance Survey UK maps anyway.
What is the oldest Ordnance Survey?
The first Ordnance Survey map was published in 1801. England’s most south-easterly county, Kent, was one area most vulnerable to French invasion. These early maps, with their elaborate hill shading and attention to communication routes, highlight the emphasis given to military use.
What are the black dots on an Ordnance Survey map?
A black dotted line denotes a path that has been identified by Ordnance Survey, but not necessarily a right of way because the status is not defined or known. Generally, there are gates and stiles where the path goes in or out of a field or through a hedge.
What are OS symbols?
An OS map symbol is the easily understood map language that will guide you through every walk, bike ride or run that you go on. All of the features you will see when out and about are on your OS map, and the symbol will help you with your map reading and to understand what your map is telling you.
What is BM on old maps?
Ordnance Survey Bench marks (BMs) are survey marks made by Ordnance Survey to record height above Ordnance Datum. If the exact height of one BM is known, the exact height of the next can be found by measuring the difference in heights, through a process of spirit levelling.
What does MP stand for on a map?
Ordnance Survey Abbreviations
|M||Mark, Mile, Mooring, Mound|
Where can I buy old Ordnance Survey maps?
may stock OS maps. Charity shops, second-hand bookshops and on-line sites such as eBay are also good hunting grounds for older maps.
Where can I view old maps?
The best websites for old maps
- National Library of Scotland. NLS Website.
- Old Maps Online.
- David Rumsey/ Google Maps.
- Griffith’s Valuation.
- Layers of London.
- Expert’s choice: Places of Wales.
What does a black dashed line mean on a map?
Under the ‘roads and paths’ section of the legend, there is a black dotted line for paths. These denote paths that have been identified by Ordnance Survey, but that are not necessarily rights of way because their status is not defined or known.