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MAP IDENTIFICATION

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.

SERIES M726
SHEET 186
EDITION 1-GSGS
SERIES 1501
SHEET NM32-2
EDITION 2-GSGS
SERIES GSGS 5204
SHEET 200-3
EDITION 1-GSGS

 

Or it could be shown as a single line:

SERIES M726        SHEET 184          EDITION 1 - GSGS

Printing Note

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.
  • ​Keep in waterproof mapcase.

Note: if the map gets wet, fully open and lay on a flat surface and let it dry naturaly.

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