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This SABRE Maps Coverage Project is to provide online coverage of the One Inch Seventh Series and associated maps.

This was the first Ordnance Survey mapping at the One Inch scale to be a single series across the whole of Great Britain, and is useful for us to have as it shows mapping at a relatively detailed scale during the major roadbuilding era of the 1950s and 1960s, with the final Seventh Series maps being produced in 1974. They therefore cover the start of the motorway era, and so are very useful for seeing the development of the network, with many details that were later lost documented in map form.

They were replaced by the OS 1:50,000 series (now known as Landranger), but at the time of writing all Landranger sheets are still within copyright.

Which projection type are these maps?

See Also: SABRE Maps/Calibrating

The OS One Inch Seventh Series uses the OSGB National Grid and should be georeferenced accordingly.

How do I find out the date of the map?

Most Seventh Series have revision codes that look like this, B/* in this example, which dates the map to 1966 rather than the 1962 copyright date
Early Seventh Series revision code, A in this example
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 (either with the words Crown Copyright or Made and published by the Director General of the Ordnance Survey) often is not the correct date of the map, but the date of the last full revision. Roads are updated every minor revision, so there is every chance that a map may actually be from quite a number of years away from the copyright date. There is an example of the Preston sheet which has a copyright date of 1958, but in actual fact the revision date is 1969, and hence the map shows the entire M6 motorway in the area.

Revision codes on Seventh Series sheets can be found in one of two places. In early Seventh Series maps, they are located right at the bottom left of the map sheet, underneath the sheet number; whilst in most sheets, they are located immediately under the bottom left corner of the maps themselves, between the map and the key.

Revision codes appear in the heading within SABRE Maps, and so this information is extremely valuable to capture.

It also should be noted that the official copyright requirement of Ordnance Survey is that the critical date for copyright purposes is the Crown Copyright date rather than the actual date of the map. This means that some maps less than 50 years old can still appear on SABRE Maps, and not be in breach of copyright.

Progress by every sheet ever printed

This table, with modifications, is taken from Lez Watson's Ordnance Survey Leisure Maps Summary Lists, which is 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 Not currently available Still within copyright
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
1 Shetland Islands (Yell and Unst) A A/
2 Shetland Islands (North Mainland) A A/
3 Shetland Islands (Lerwick) A A/
4 Shetland Islands (South Mainland) A A/
5 Orkney Islands (North) A
6 Orkney Island (Kirkwall) A A/
7 Pentland Firth A A/
8 Isle of Lewis A A/
9 Cape Wrath A A//
10 Tongue A A/ A//
11 Thurso A A/
12 Isle of Lewis and North Harris A A/
13 Loch Inver and Loch Assynt A A/
14 Lairg A A/*
15 Helmsdale A A/
16 Wick A A/
17 North Uist A A/*
18 Harris A A/*
19 Gairloch A A/ A//
20 Ullapool A A/
21 Bonar-Bridge A A/
22 Dornoch A A/
23 South Uist A A/*
24 North Skye A A/ A// A///
25 Portree A A/ A//*
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
26 Lochcarron A A/ A//* A//*/*
27 Strathpeffer A A/ A//*
28 Inverness A A/ A//
29 Elgin A A/ A//
30 Banff A A/
31 Peterhead A A/
32 Barra A
33 Rhum and part of Skye A A/ A//
34 South Skye and Arisaig A A/ A//*
35 Loch Arkaig A A/ A//*
36 Fort Augustus A A/*
37 Kingussie A A/
38 Grantown and Cairngorm A A/ A//
39 Strathdon A A/
40 Aberdeen A A/ B
41 Braemar A A/ A//
42 Ballater A A/
43 Stonehaven A A/ B
44 Coll and Tiree A A/
45 Sound of Mull A A/ A//*
46 Loch Linnhe A A/ A// A///
47 Glen Coe A A/ A//*
48 Loch Tay A A/ A//
49 Blairgowrie A A/ A// A///
50 Forfar A A/ A//* B
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
51 Iona and Colonsay A A/
52 Loch Awe A A/ A//
53 Loch Lomond A A/ A//*
54 Stirling A A/ A//*
55 Perth and Alloa A A/ B B/*
56 St Andrews and Kirkcaldy A A/ B
57 Islay A A/ A//
58 Knapdale A A/ A//
59 Firth of Clyde A A/ B B/
60 Glasgow A A/ A// B B/* B/*/* B/*/*/*
61 Falkirk and Lanark A A/ B B/* B/*/*
62 Edinburgh A A/ B B/*
63 Dunbar A B B/ C
64 Berwick-upon-Tweed A A/ B
65 Kintyre A A/
66 Island of Arran A A/
67 Ayr A A/ B B/*
68 Biggar, Moffat and Sanquhar A A/ B B/
69 Selkirk A A/ B
70 Jedburgh A A/ B B/
71 Alnwick A A/ A//* B B/
72 Girvan A A/ B
73 New Galloway A A/ B
74 Dumfries A A/ B
75 Dumfries and Gretna A A/ B B/* B/*/
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
76 Carlisle A A/ B B/* B/*/*
77 Hexham A A/ B
78 Newcastle upon Tyne 4022 A B C C/* D D/*
79 Stranraer A A/ B
80 Kircudbright A A/ B B/
81 Dalbeattie A A/ B
82 Keswick A A/ A// B B/
83 Penrith A A/ A// B B/* B/*/*
84 Teesdale A A/ B B/*
85 Durham A B B/* B/*/* B/*/*/*
86 Redcar and Whitby A A/ B B/*
87 Isle of Man A A/ B C
88 Barrow in Furness A A/ B B/
89 Lancaster and Kendal A A/ A//* B B/*
90 Wensleydale A A/ B B/*
91 Ripon A A/ B B/* B/*/*
92 Pickering A A/ B B/*
93 Scarborough A A/ B B/*
94 Preston A A/ B B/* B/*/*
95 Blackburn and Burnley A A/ B B/*
96 Leeds and Bradford A A/ B C C/*
97 York A A/ B B/*
98 Market Weighton A A/ B B/*
99 Hull A A/ B B/
100 Liverpool 4012 A/ B B/* C C/* C/*/* C/*/*/*
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
101 Manchester A A/ B B/* C C/*
102 Huddersfield A A/ B B/* B/*/* B/*/*/*
103 Doncaster A A/ A// B B/ C C/
104 Gainsborough A A/ B B/*
105 Grimsby A A/ B B/
106 Anglesey 4024 A A/ A// B B/*
107 Snowdon 4014 A A/ A// B B/* B/*/
108 Denbigh 4019 A A/ A// B B/* B/*/
109 Chester 4018 A/ B B/* B/*/*
110 Stoke on Trent A A/ A// B B/* B/*/*
111 Buxton and Matlock A A/ A// B B/*
112 Nottingham A A/ B B/ C C/*
113 Lincoln and Grantham A A/ B B/*
114 Boston and Skegness A A/ B B/*
115 Pwllheli 4021 A B B/ C C/*
116 Dolgellau 4023 A A/ A// B B/*
117 Bala and Welshpool 4015 A A/ A// B B/*
118 Shrewsbury A B B/ C C/*
119 Stafford A A/ B B/* B/*/*
120 Burton upon Trent A A/ A// B B/* B/*/*
121 Derby and Leicester A A/ B B/* B/*/*
122 Melton Mowbray A A/ B B/*
123 Spalding A A/ B B/*
124 Kings Lynn A A/ B B/*
125 Fakenham A A/ A// B
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
126 Norwich A A/ A// B B/
127 Aberystwyth 4016 A A/ A// B B/
128 Montgomery and Llandrindod Wells 4017 A A/ A// B B/*
129 Ludlow 4013 A B B/ B// C
130 Kidderminster A A/ A// A///* B
131 Birmingham A A/ A// B B/* C C/*
132 Coventry and Rugby A A/ B B/* C
133 Northampton A A/ A//* B
134 Huntingdon and Peterborough A A/ A// A///* B B/
135 Cambridge and Ely A A/ A// B C
136 Bury St Edmunds A A/ A// B
137 Lowestoft A A/ A// B
138 Fishguard 4006 A B B/ B//* C C/
139 Cardigan 4007 A B B/ B// C
140 Llandovery 4005 A B B/ C
141 Brecon 4008 A/ A// A/// B B/
142 Hereford 4001 4003 A A/ A// B B/
143 Gloucester and Malvern 4025 A A/ A//* A//*/* B B/*
144 Cheltenham and Evesham A A/ A//* B B/*
145 Banbury A A/ A// A///* B
146 Buckingham A A/ A//* B
147 Bedford and Luton A A/ A// A///* B
148 Saffron Walden A A/ A// A///* B
149 Colchester A A/ A//* B
150 Ipswich A A/ A// B
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
151 Pembroke 4009 A A/ A//
152 Carmarthen and Tenby 4010 A B B/ B// C
153 Swansea 4011 A B B/* C D
154 Cardiff 4004 B B/ C C/* D
155 Bristol and Newport 4020 A A/ A// A///* B C
156 Bristol and Stroud A A/ A// A/// B C
157 Swindon A A/ B B/*
158 Oxford and Newbury A A/* B
159 The Chilterns A A/* A/*/ A/*//* B
160 London N.W. A A/ A// B B/* C
161 London N.E. A A/ B B/* C
162 Southend-on-Sea A A/ A//* B
163 Barnstaple A B C
164 Minehead A B C
165 Weston-super-Mare A A/ A//* B
166 Frome A A/ A//* B
167 Salisbury A A/* B B/*
168 Winchester A A/* B B/*
169 Aldershot A A/ A//* B B/*
170 London S.W. A A/ A// A///* B B/* C
171 London S.E. A A/ A// B B/* C
172 Chatham and Maidstone A A/* A/*/ A/*//* B
173 East Kent A A/ A//* B
174 Bude A A/* B
175 Okehampton A A/* B
Sheet Name 1949 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
176 Exeter A B C
177 Taunton and Lyme Regis A A/* B
178 Dorchester A A/ B
179 Bournemouth A A/ B C
180 The Solent A A/ A// B B/* C
181 Chichester A A/ A//* B
182 Brighton and Worthing A A/ A//* B
183 Eastbourne A A/* A/*/ B
184 Hastings A A/* B
185 Newquay and Padstow A A/* B
186 Bodmin and Launceston A B C
187 Plymouth A A/* B
188 Torquay A A/ B C
189 Land's End A A/ B
190 Truro and Falmouth A A/ B

Progress of initial coverage

  • Dark Green : The map's online now
  • Light Green : The map has been scanned and calibrated, and ready to generate tiles.
  • Orange : The map has been scanned, but a calibration file needs writing.
  • Yellow : The map has not been scanned, but somebody on SABRE is willing to donate it for this purpose
  • Red : The map has not been scanned at all, and nobody has offered a copy.


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