Every map sheet carries identification panels in opposite corners of the margin. These panels show the series number, the sheet number and the edition number.
Or it could be shown as a single line:
SERIES M726 SHEET 184 EDITION 1 - GSGS
The printing note will usually be found in the bottom right hand corner of the map and will consist of a string of numbers in the form 4000/5/92/4270R. This indicates that 4000 map sheets were printed in May 1992
Put simply a map is a plan of the ground on paper, a birds eye view, but unlike an aerial photograpth (see above) which shows everything that is visible, the map is selective in what it portrays.
OS© Crown copyright (2018) CS-36088-G0Y6Y3
OS © Crown copyright (2018) CS-36088-G0Y6Y3
It is essential that you use the most up to date map as possible due to changes that can be made over periods of time. In the examples shown above you can see that a considerable area has been forested sinc e 1972.
Care of Maps
It is essential that you take care of your maps:
- Fold correctly.
- Keep clean.
- Keep dry.
- if you have to mark something on the map use a pencil.
- â€‹Keep in waterproof mapcase.
Note: if the map gets wet, fully open and lay on a flat surface and let it dry naturaly.