Sheet 73, Old Series 1". 1855. Shropshire / Staffordshire: Ellesmere, Market Drayton. Hand-coloured
Sheet 73, Old Series 1". 1855. Shropshire / Staffordshire: Ellesmere, Holt, Newport, Market Drayton. Hand-coloured engraving, 72.5 x 82.5cm, three quarter sheets dissected, mounted on linen, and folded to 24 x 16.5cm with index map pasted on top outside fold. Blank cartridge paper fills the NE quadrant. Topographic date1833 for SW and SE quadrants. Geological dates 1855 for SW and SE quadrants. Some dates lost in the joining of the three quarters. Two legends for with slight variations reflecting NW and SE quarters’ content. Clean, bright colours. In very good condition.
About the England & Wales One Inch Old Series
The Geological Survey of England and Wales used the Old Series of the Ordnance Survey topographic map at a scale of one inch to the mile as its basemap, initially. These engraved basemaps were published and revised between 1805 and 1885; the sheet sizes varied and the layout and numbering system were eccentric. The Old Series geological maps were hand-coloured and without geological sections, which were published separately. The GS of E&W published the Old Series from 1850 to 1900, when it switched to the colour printing and the New Series one inch maps. However, old stock of the Old Series continued to be issued, hand-coloured, until the 1930s.