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Maps of England and Wales - quarter inch

Quarter inch is short hand for one quarter inch equals one mile or four miles to the inch. As a numerical scale it is 1:253,440 which became 1:250,000 upon metrication in the 1970s.
From 1889, the quarter inch geological Index Map edition was published using the OS General Map of England and Wales as a base map laid out in 15 sheets. They were issued as hand-coloured sheets from 1889-96, in printed colour in 1896-97 which were revised and issued from 1901-05. This map series was designed to be assembled as a wall map; the blank sheets 1 and 3 were reserved for the title block and 'The Index of Colours' (legend), respectively.
From 1907-10, the geology was published on a revised layout called the First Edition Quarter Inch Map of England and Wales (despite the earlier edition). This layout had 25 numbered sheets but, by combining some numbers, was issued in 20 actual sheets. This layout went through four editions with partial revisions in 1921-22 and 1928-40. The post-war fourth edition (1951-1969) had the National Grid imposed in 10km cells. Reprints continued to at least 1970.

In 1977 a new 1:250,000 UTM (universal transverse mercator) series was initiated which covereds all of the UK and adjacent continental shelf. Each sheet is 2°longitude x1°latitude and referenced by the coordinates of its southwest corner. Thanks to David Archer for permission to use his layout maps as published in Hellyer, R., ‘Ordnance Survey Small-Scale Maps Indexes: 1801-1998, publ. David Archer, Kerry, 1999.
Prior to these full editions on OS base maps, The GSEW began its own quarter inch series in 1858. It was intended to cover all of England and Wales on sheets numbered southwest to northeast. It uses a numbering system evidently for all of England and Wales and therefore apparently laid out with reference to the OS. The maps show the sheet lines and numbers for the Old Series one inch maps. Only the maps for Wales were ever produced and these only as geological maps, not topographic. It is evident that the intention was to produce this as a national series but no index map for the whole of England and Wales has been discovered for this false start. Maps of this series are rare as the edition was aborted and production was limited. Only sheet no. 10 was issued as a revised edition in 1874.

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  • England and Wales
  • East Anglia
  • South Devon
  • Bristol
No.

8

Region

Midlands, Birmingham, Liverpool

Date

1901

Description

Col.print
26x35

Condition

Fair. Cut, mounted on linen to fold. Slightly foxed.
££5

No.

1,2

Region

North Northumberland

Date

1951

Description

Col. print. 60% blank as sea & Scotland
20x29

Condition

V.good. Cut, mounted on linen to fold.
£10

No.

1,2

Region

North Northumberland

Date

1951

Description

Col. print. 60% blank as sea & Scotland
20x29

Condition

V.good. Folded paper.
£8

No.

3

Region

Lake District, N half I of Man

Date

1907

Description

Col. print. 50% blank as sea. Key printed in sea area.
18x26

Condition

V.good. Cut, mounted on linen to fold. M.Arber's copy.
£12

No.

3

Region

Lake District, N half I of Man

Date

1963

Description

Col. print. 50% blank as sea. Key printed in sea area.
18.5x28

Condition

V.good. Folded paper. (2 copies)
£10

No.

4

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Region

S.Northumberland, Co.Durham

Date

1952

Description

Col.Print.
21.5x29

Condition

V.good. Cut, mounted on linen to fold. M.Arber's copy.
£12

No.

4

Region

S.Northumberland, Co.Durham

Date

1970

Description

Col.Print.
18.5x28

Condition

V.good. Folded paper.
£10

No.

5,6

Region

Isle of Man, Lancs

Date

1907

Description

Col. Print. 50% sea.
21 x 27

Condition

Good. Flat cartridge
£12

No.

5,6

Region

Isle of Man, Lancs

Date

1963

Description

Col. Print. 50% sea.
21 x 27

Condition

V.good. Folded paper.
£12

No.

9,10

Region

N.Wales, Anglesey

Date

1910

Description

Col.print
20.5 x 29

Condition

Very good. Cut, mounted on linen to fold. Good covers. Good graphic. (2 copies)
£20

No.

9,10

Region

N.Wales, Anglesey

Date

1968

Description

Col.print
21 x 30

Condition

Good. Folded paper. Good graphic.
£8

No.

9,10

Region

N.Wales, Anglesey

Date

1968

Description

Col.print
18.5x28

Condition

V. good. Folded paper. Good graphic.
£10

No.

12 d

Region

Norfolk, The Wash, S.Lincs

Date

1953

Description

Col.print
20 x 29

Condition

Very good. Flat cartridge
£10

No.

12,16

parts

Region
Condition

Cambridge, Saffron Walden BrAsAdvSci Special edition

Date

1938

Description

Col.print.
15.5x16

Condition

Very good. Folded paper. Good graphic. (2 copies)
£12

No.

12, 16

Region

Cambridge, Saffron Walden

Date

1931

Description

Col.print.2 sheets joined with 50' contours in red ink
34x27

Condition

V.good. Cut, mounted on linen to fold.
£20

No.

14

Region

South Wales

Date

1934

Description

Col.print.
21x30

Condition

Fine. Cut, mounted on linen to fold. Stanford covers.
£15

No.

17,18

Region

Bristol Channel

Date

1929

Description

Col.print.
21x36

Condition

Poor to fair. Cartridge mounted on linen to fold.
£5

No.

19

Region

Salisbury, Wilts, Hamps, Berks

Date

n.d.

pre'39

Description

Col.print.
15x23

Condition

Fair. Cartridge mounted on linen to fold. Trimmed. No covers.
£6

No.

21,25

Region

Cornwall,Lands' End, I of Scilly

Date

1969r

Description

Col.print. 60% sea.
21x27

Condition

V. good. Flat
£12

No.

21,25

Region

Cornwall,Lands' End, I of Scilly

Date

1969r

Description

Col.print. 60% sea.
21x27

Condition

Good. Flat
£10

No.

22

Region

SE Devon, SW Dorset

Date

1908

Description

Col.print. 50% sea.
20x27

Condition

Good. Flat linen-backed paper
£10

No.

22

Region

SE Devon, SW Dorset

Date

1953

Description

Col.print. 50% sea.
20x27

Condition

Good.
£8

No.

22

Region

SE Devon, SW Dorset

Date

1964

Description

Col.print. 50% sea.
20x27

Condition

Good.
£8

No.

23

Region

SE Dorset, S.Hamps, I of W, SW Sussex

Date

1907

Description

Col.print. 75% sea.
20x27

Condition

Good. Cut, mounted on linen to fold. (2 copies)
£8

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