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This SABRE Maps Coverage Project is to provide online coverage of the OS One Inch New Popular Edition and associated maps.

Because only maps covering England and Wales were published, it's not possible to offer whole-GB coverage for this type of mapping, although the Scottish Popular Edition coverage project covers the equivalent mapping for Scotland.

The New Popular Edition is useful for us to have as it shows mapping at a relatively detailed scale during the post-war era up to the 1950s, when the One Inch Seventh Series coverage project comes into play. It is also the first mapping at the One Inch scale to fully use the familiar National Grid.

Which projection type are these maps?

See Also: SABRE Maps/Calibrating

The OS One Inch New Popular Edition uses the OSGB National Grid and should be georeferenced accordingly.

How do I find out the date of the map?

Later New Popular Edition maps have revision codes that look like this, F in this example, which dates the map to 1952
Early New Popular Edition revision code, 1214 in this example, which is one of the relatively short-lived unique codes
See Also: SABRE Maps/OS Copyright

Annoyingly, the OS didn't actually put the exact date of the map on each map. The date that appears on the map (usually with the words First published by the Director General at the Ordnance Survey Office) often is not the correct date of the map, but the date of the first revision of the map. Annoyingly, even where a seemingly obvious date is visible (such as "Roads 1946"), that does not tell the full story. For that, we need to capture the actual revision code found on the map.

Revision codes on New Popular Edition sheets can be found located right at the bottom left of the map sheet, underneath the margin texts, and can be either a numeric code (such as that shown to the left), a letter code (such as that shown to the right), or a combination of the two (such as 8046/Cr). New Popular Edition map revision codes are somewhat arcane and fall under three general groups:

  • During the immediate postwar period the revision codes include the print run size and the year of printing, so 18046/Ch being 18000 copies, printed in 1946 at Chessington.
  • During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the OS switched to a unique code per printing, so 1001 can be found on one sheet, but 1002 on a totally different sheet.
  • The final NPE maps have the familiar "letter codes" to indicate revisions, but generally they included the previous printings in their calculation. Just because there is an F revision doesn't mean that there is an E in existence!

Progress by every sheet ever printed

This table, with modifications, is taken from Lez Watson's Ordnance Survey Leisure Maps Summary Lists, which are the best online source available for all post-war OS map dating. Modifications for SABRE Maps use include where two revisions were printed in a single year, then the one nearest to the centre of the year is listed as being from that year, and the other revision shifted into the earlier or later year as appropriate. Lez's site should be treated as the master list, not this.

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Available on Maps Unconfirmed Revision Within the pipeline Pipeline - military edition only Not currently available Still within copyright
Sheet Name 1945 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
64 Berwick-upon-Tweed 1001
71 Alnwick 1002 B
75 Dumfries 1003
76 Carlisle 1004
77 Hexham 1005
78 Newcastle upon Tyne 1006
82 Keswick 1007
83 Penrith 1008 1214
84 Teesdale 1009 1266
85 Durham 20547 C
86 Redcar and Whitby 1011 1240
88 Barrow in Furness 1013
89 Lancaster and Kendal 1014 1231
90 Askrigg and Settle 1015 1199 C D
91 Ripon 1016 1224
92 Pickering 1017 1198 1292
93 Scarborough 1018 B
94 Preston 1019
95 Blackburn and Burnley 1020 1215
96 Leeds and Bradford 1021 1216 D
97 York 1022
98 Market Weighton 1023
99 Hull 1024
Sheet Name 1945 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
100 Liverpool 1025
101 Manchester 1026 1241
102 Huddersfield 1027 1267
103 Doncaster 1028
104 Gainsborough 1029 B
105 Grimsby 20046
106 Anglesey 1031 1242
107 Snowdon 1032 1209 1243
108 Denbigh 1033 1211 1244 1284
109 Chester 1034 1217 1269
110 Stoke on Trent 1035 1225 1285
111 Buxton and Matlock 1036 1200 1261
112 Nottingham 1037 1245
113 Lincoln and Grantham 1038
114 Boston and Skegness 1039
115 Pwllheli 1040
116 Dolgelly 1041 1246
117 Bala and Welshpool 1042 1251
118 Shrewsbury 1043 1247 1277
119 Stafford 20046 1278
120 Derby and Burton upon Trent 1045
121 Derby, Nottingham and Leicester 20046 1238
122 Melton Mowbray 1047
123 Spalding 15046
124 Kings Lynn 15046/Cr 1262 1301
Sheet Name 1945 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
125 Fakenham 20046/Cr 1253
126 Norwich 145/Ch 8045 2500/7/46Wa 1288
127 Aberystwyth 1052
128 Montgomery and Llandrindod Wells 1053 1248
129 Ludlow 1054 1218
130 Kidderminster 1055 1226 1279
131 Birmingham 1056 1219 1249
132 Coventry and Rugby 20046 1220 1271
133 Northampton 20046 1268
134 Huntingdon and Peterborough 20046 1186
135 Cambridge and Ely 20046 1286
136 Bury St Edmunds 20046
137 Lowestoft 30046 B
138 Fishguard 1063
139 Cardigan 1064
140 Llandovery 1065
141 Brecon 1066
142 Hereford 1067 1239 1263
143 Gloucester and Malvern 30046 1227 1264 1297
144 Cheltenham and Evesham 10046/Cr 20046 1210 1221 1272
145 Banbury 15046/Cr 1187
146 Buckingham 15046/Cr 1176 1307
147 Bedford and Luton 16046/Cr 1188
148 Saffron Walden 16046/Cr 1189
149 Colchester 10046/Cr 20046 1206 1302
Sheet Name 1945 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
150 Ipswich 15045/Cr 15046/Cr 1169 1207 C
151 Pembroke 20046
152 Carmarthen and Tenby 20046
153 Swansea 1078 1250
154 Cardiff 1079
155 Bristol and Newport 30046
156 Bristol and Stroud 18046/Cr 1185 1254
157 Swindon 11040 4046/Cr 8046 1147 1273 B//
158 Oxford and Newbury 8840 4045/Cr 1148 1265 F
159 The Chilterns 10045/Ch 20046 1202 1159 1252 D D/
160 London NW 12045/Ch 30046 1203 1160 1232 F F/
161 London NE 11040 8046/Cr 1137 1149 1255 F
162 Southend-on-Sea 10045/Ch 20046/7/46 Wa 1197 1274 F
163 Barnstaple 25046/Cr 1195 1204 1237 E E/
164 Minehead 25046 1190 1303 A///
165 Weston-super-Mare 16046/Cr 1177 1213 1223 1289 D/
166 Frome 16046/Cr 1178 D D/
167 Salisbury 11040 6045/Cr 1123 1150 1299 D/ D//
168 Winchester 10045/Ch 25000/6/46/Wa 1162 D D/
169 Aldershot (no code) 10046/Cr 1125 1151 1256 F F/
170 London SW 20045/Ch 30047 1142 1163 1230 1287 B/// B////
171 London SE 8045/Cr 30046 1152 1259 E E/
172 Chatham and Maidstone 10046/Cr 1153 1208 1293
173 East Kent 12045/Ch 20046 1184 1146 1164 1280 E/ E//
174 Bude 20046/Cr 1191 A//
Sheet Name 1945 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
175 Okehampton 20046 1212 1270 C/
176 Exeter 30046 1201 1275 D D/
177 Taunton and Lyme Regis 12045/Cr 20047 1205 1257 D D/
178 Dorchester 15045/Cr 25046 1228 E E/ E//
179 Bournemouth 11041 8046/Cr 1154 1236 E E/
180 The Solent 12045/Ch 10046/Cr 40046 1183 1155 1233 H H/
181 Chichester 10045/Ch 25000/6/46Wa 1194 1258 D D/
182 Brighton and Worthing 11040 5046/Cr 1156 1235 E E/
183 Eastbourne no code 4046/Cr 1157 1291 A/// A////
184 Hastings 11041 5046/Cr 5047 1158 1180 E E/
185 Newquay and Padstow 15046/Cr 1110 C
186 Bodmin and Launceston 25046 1192 C
187 Plymouth 25046 1179 C C/
188 Torquay 30046 1193 1234 D D/
189 Lands End 40046 1222 C
190 Truro and Falmouth 35046 1229 1304 A///




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