A list of Online Map Sources for Local Historians

National Library of Scotland (NLS) Map Library

Ordnance Survey (OS) maps at 1inch 2½ inch 6 inch and 25 inch to the mile for England and Wales.

1 inch (1:63360)   1892-1908,   1945-1947,   1952-1961
2½ inch (1:25000)   1937-1961
6 inch (1:10560)   1842-1952
25 inch (1:2500) for Gloucestershire (Three editions) 1880s – 1920s
Georeferenced 25 inch (1:2500) for Gloucestershire (First Edition c. 1880s)
Georeferenced 25 inch (1:2500) for Gloucestershire (Second Edition c. 1900s)

Know Your Place – West of England
This is a digital mapping project that is “putting your neighbourhood’s heritage on the map.”
Introduction or follow these links for direct access to the available areas:-

Bath and North East Somerset
Bristol
Gloucestershire
South Gloucestershire
Wiltshire

Coaley.net
This has a number of historic maps of Gloucestershire including

OS 1 Inch First Edition Gloucestershire
Bryant Gloucestershire 1824
Greenwood Gloucestershire 1824
Atkinson Forest of Dean 1847

MAGIC
The MAGIC website provides authoritative geographic information about the natural environment from across government. Information is provided in map layers and you can select what you want. (e.g. land use, soils, habitats, SSSI). It uses the most up to date 6 inch (1:10000) mapping and provides current administrative boundaries.

Walk Lakes
Provides access to current 2½ inch to the mile OS (Explorer) mapping for whole of England, Scotland and Wales (and various other smaller scales) [You must register for 2½ inch mapping – free]

It is a very useful for walkers as you can ‘draw’ a route on-screen and the site calculates distance and you can download the route as a GPX file to use on a phone or tablet.

Where’s The Path
Again designed for walkers. It shows ‘map’ view and ‘aerial’ view in two panels side by side on the screen. Move the cursor on one screen and the cursor on the other screen moves to the corresponding point

Streetmap
It provides current 2½ inch to the mile (1:25000) OS (Explorer) map for whole of England, Scotland and Wales (and various other scales)

Other Sources
Google Maps:   Site includes aerial photography. It is possible to obtain latitude and longitude co-ordinates for the cursor position. These may be converted to national Grid Reference using a “Coordinate converter” tool (See below for a suitable converter).

Bing maps:   Site includes aerial photography. One of the map layers is the current 2½ inch to the mile (1:25000) OS (Explorer) map.

Gloucestershire public rights of way map:   Site provides very large scale current OS mapping showing footpaths and bridle ways.

Glos County Council Mapping Tool:   This site provides very large scale current OS mapping. It is possible to search by address, postcode or street and zoom in to a scale of about 1:2500. It gives the names of individual properties. To view parish boundaries use Show Layers -> Background Mapping -> GCC Parishes [tick box].

Grab a Grid Reference:   (similar to Where’s the path) Dual map display. Left hand panel shows Google (Map, Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain)and right hand panel shows Ordnance Survey at various scales (smallest 1:10000). It is possible to read off the National Grid Reference for the cursor position.

OpenStreetMap:   This is a collaborative project to create a free editable open source map of the world.

Geograph:   Provides current OS mapping at 6 inch (1:10000) scale for a given 1km grid square.

A Vision of Britain through time:   Comprehensive set of topographical, land use and administration maps from the 19th and 20th centuries for Great Britain. Most of the maps are at a scale of 1:63360 (1-inch).

Map Co-ordinate Converters

Two web-based tools for conversions between projected co-ordinate systems commonly in use in Great Britain and Ireland.

nearby.org.uk:  

FieldenMaps.info

Sheet Numbers and Dates for Historic OS Mapping
Coaley.net:  Another page on this website provides information and links to two web-based tools which may be used to obtain the sheet number, sheet name and the dates of the initial survey or (subsequent revision) and publication for a range of Ordnance Survey maps.