How to find the best antique map for your area.

Here at Atlas & I we are all about you. Where you live, the places you love to go on holiday and the locations of your favourite memories. 

We are constantly looking for beautiful antique maps to add to our collection, but how do you know which one is best to choose from? Read on to find out more...

Great Britain, Ordnance Survey One-Inch to the mile - dated 1895

The one-inch to the mile scale allows a good general overview of the landscape, showing settlement patterns, roads, railways, woodland and the general lie of the land. The 'Hills' were printed with a second copper plate of brown or black hachures to depict relief.

"This map is popular with the older generation who find it interesting to see how place names have differed over time. The muted colours and dark contour lines can mean that this map is difficult to read in places but offers a certain antique charm."

Great Britain, Ordnance Survey Six-Inch to the mile - dated 1907

This series is the most detailed topographic mapping that covers all of Great Britain. The six-inch maps are immensely valuable for local and family history, allowing most features in the landscape to be shown.

"We would suggest choosing this map if you wanted to highlight an exact house, farm or village that is personal to you as this is the most detailed map that we offer."

Bartholomew's 4 Miles to the Inch Road Map of England & Wales - dated 1922

These maps were published in 12 sheets to cover England & Wales. Originally used as road maps which conveniently folded up to fit in a pocket, these maps show coastal areas in tinted blue, roads in red and forests in green with relief shown in hachures. Each map was folded into 32 panels and mounted on linen so there can be certain crease lines which add to the maps charm.

"This map is our personal favourite because of its vibrant colour, especially around coastal areas. They show less detail than the Ordnance Survey options because of the scale of the map but if you want to cover a few miles with your map then we would suggest this option."

A-Z London & Suburbs 1932 

These maps are reproductions of the original London & Suburbs 1932 A-Z collection. The original maps were published within a bound Atlas from which we have extracted the sheets and combined them digitally to show a wider area of London. These maps only cover areas in central London. 

"If the address you want to focus on is based in London then these are by far the best maps to use. The colourful sheets show road names and well known monuments clearly and look fabulous on the wall. Sadly this design is only available for central London locations."

Great Britain, Ordnance Survey One-Inch Seventh Series - dated 1960

The Ordnance Survey Seventh Series is the forerunner of the modern Landranger series.  The map was intended as a 'touring, cycling and small-scale manoeuvre map', and in the 20th century was used particularly for a wide-range of outdoor and recreational purposes. Printing in six to ten colours allows clear differentiation and display of topographic features: different classes of roads, railways, water, woodland, urban areas, land use, footpaths, and contours at 50 foot intervals. 

"By far the most popular map because of its colour this 1960's map shows a gorgeous amount of detail without being too busy. This map is the most modern map we offer our customers so most of the place names are accurate to todays maps."

The Times Survey Atlas of the World - dated 1922 

Most of our international map sheets are digital copies of this iconic Atlas originally published in 1922. This was a second generation atlas prepared at the Edinburgh Geographical Institute under the direction of John George Bartholomew. It contained 112 double page maps with 200,000 names, and measured 47 cm × 33 cm.

"These vibrant maps are very popular to show holiday or honeymoon locations. The maps show more general states, counties or countries rather than intimate details so make sure you focus on a wide area to get all those fab colours into the map."