The maps were the result of close liaison between the Ministry of Transport and Ordnance Survey, and are the most important cartographic resource documenting the early days of road numbering in Scotland.
provides both a description of methods for mapping the known world and an extensive table of known places and their geographical locations based on the Ptolemaic system.
The purpose of the text was to provide sufficient information for maps to be constructed by a suitably skilled cartographer.
It included 112 colour maps, all specially compiled for the Atlas over the previous 5 years, and including many thematic maps, as well as political and topographic maps.
Earlier editions of the Times Atlas had been published from 1895, but this was the first Times world atlas with maps prepared by the Edinburgh Geographical Institute of John Bartholomew & Son Ltd.
These administrative jurisdictions, especially parishes, have many other family and local history records associated with them, and viewing their location and extents is therefore important. The project has included first edition OS 25 inch to the mile maps covering the county, and more detailed OS town plans at 0 scale for all the towns in Devon with more than 4,000 people: Barnstaple, Bideford, Brixham, Crediton, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth, Ilfracombe, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay and Totnes.
The new viewer is accompanied by detailed information on the history of these administrative units, significant legislation that has affected them, and cartographic information sources which show the development of these units over time. The project forms part of the Know Your Place West of England Project, and has allowed us to fill gaps in our holdings for Devon with British Library maps, so our online presentation is now more complete.
These include some of the Duke of Buccleuch’s extensive map collections at Drumlanrig, with important holdings too from Dumfries and Kirkcudbright Museums.
These estate maps date from the 1750s to the 1840s and show the rural landscape of farms, buildings, fields, woodland, roads, and rivers in great detail.
They added categories of roads, including drove roads, steamer routes, and rights of way that were often not shown on Ordnance Survey maps.
They also took information from a range of other sources, including local authority surveyors, and from a large and growing body of their customers who they invited to write in with corrections.
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