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Post-War Small Scale Index Maps

1987 Index'Available at your nearest Ordnance Survey map stockist', index maps gave details of current map avaibalility, their sheet lines and the progress of the map's publication. Usually free*, they were often discarded or buried deep in a collector's 'archive'. Sometimes found among the odd 'n' sods in second-hand book and charity shops, index maps are a fruitful, if curious, corner of OS map appreciation.

Immediately after the conclusion of the Second World War, the Survey pressed on with the work to build the peace. This included an index map using the (by then standard) scale base map of 1:625,000, for the 'two-and-a half inch to the mile' map series (1:25,000). This was followed by indexes using pre-war base mapping - of 1:2,000,000 & 1:1,250,000 scales - for the other small scale sheets in production.

In about 1960 the Survey began to produce indexes to accompany the developing 1:25,000 ('Pathfinder') and other emerging leisure map series. This single sheet map was reduced in scale to 1:1,000,000 in the mid 1970s (with a few exceptions), and by 1990 had become a double-sided 1:625,000 map folded in integral Bender covers for stockist display.

In 2001 the 'one-size-fits-all' version changed scale again to 1:800,000 before being discontinued the following year. This marked the end of Index sheets in favour of Index Mapping leaflets which include sheet line images of the various series avaiable.

* Athough two 1:250,000 scale maps published in 1946 were priced at 2/-.

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2001 Index

{ } References to sections in Ordnance Survey Small-scale Maps, Indexes : 1801-1998 Roger Hellyer, Kerry, 1999.

1:2,000,000 Scale

Indexes at this scale utilised pre-war base mapping, hastily produced in the period during the Survey's recovery. They were published as a flat sheet and priced 6d.

Index to the Ordnance Survey of England & Wales, overprinted in red with Scale: One Inch to One Mile, New Popular Edition 1938.
    Print-code : 3246/A

Ordnance Survey of Great Britain, overprinted in blue with Index to Sheets of the Quarter-Inch Fifth Series, 1955
    Print-code : 4270 C

Index to 1:25,000 Series
    Print-code : 3952 770 Ordnance Survey 1955. Amended to 1st Jan. 1958.

Index to sheets of the Half Inch Second Series
    Print-code : 3952 Ordnance Survey 1955. No other date. [Accession stamp 2.2.1959]

Index to sheets of the Quarter Inch Series Fourth Edition / Index to sheets of the Fifth Quarter Inch Series
    Print-code : 3952 Ordnance Survey 1955. Amended to August 1959.

1:1,250,000 Scale

Index to the New Popular, 5th Edition and Popular Edition One Inch Maps, 1946 {§114 4.1}
    Print-code : 3993. Price : 2/-. Probably not published but printed in 1949.

Index to the Popular, New Popular and 7th Series One Inch Maps of Great Britain, 1946 {§114 4.2}
    Print-code : 3794. Price : 2/-. Printed 20.11.52

Index to the 1:50,000 Sheet Lines, 1971-72 {§114 4.3}
    C Printed 2.4.71
    D Printed 26.4.72

Index to the 1:50 000 Scale Map, 1974 {§114 4.4}
    DC Printed 2.4.74

Ordnance Survey of Great Britain, overprinted in red with Index to the 1:50 000 Scale Map, and in blue with the One-Inch Seventh Series Map 1972-74 {§114 4.5}
    D © 1969. Printed 26.4.72
    DB © 1969. Printed 13.6.73
    DC © 1969. Printed 28.9.74

Index to the 1:50 000 Scale Map and One-inch Seventh Series Map, 1974 {§114 4.6}

Index to the 1:25,000 Second Series (20Km x 15 Km Sheet Lines), c1960 {§114 4.7}
    Print-code : 773

Index to the 1:25,000 Second Series, 1964-66 {§114 4.8}
    CA © 1964. Not dated
    CB © 1964. Printed ?1.1.65
    CC © 1964. Printed 1.1.66

Index to the 1:25,000 Provisional Edition & 1:25,000 Second Series, 1967-71 {§114 4.9}
    CD © 1964. Printed 1.1.67
    CE © 1964. Printed 1.4.68
    [D]F [© 1969]. Printed ?1.1.69
    DG © 1969. Printed 1.7.69
    DH © 1969. Printed 1.1.70
    DJ [© 1969]. Printed ?1.7.70.
    DK © 1970. Printed 1.1.71
    DL © 1970. Printed 1.7.71

Index to the 1:25 000 First & Second Series, 1972-74 {§114 4.10}
    DM © 1970. Printed 1.1.72
    DN Printed ?1.7.72
    DP © 1969. Printed 1.1.73
    DQ © 1969. Printed 1.7.73
    DR © 1969. Printed 1.1.74
    DS © 1969. Printed 1.7.74

Index to the 1:25 000 First & Second Series [and] Outdoor Leisure Maps, 1975-76 {§114 4.11}
    DT © 1969. Printed 1.1.75
    DU © 1969. Printed 1.7.75
    DV © 1969. Printed 1.1.76
    DW © 1969. Printed 1.7.76

Index to 1:25 000 First & Second Series [and] Outdoor Leisure Maps, 1984 {§115 2}
    AN © 1984. Printed 1.10.84

1:1,000,000 Scale

Ordnance Survey Great Britain, overprinted in red with Index to the 1:50 000 Series, 1977-83
    AE © 1983. {§111 2.1}

Index to 1:25 000 First and Second Series, 1977-85 {§111 2.2}

Index to 1:25 000 First and Pathfinder (Second) Series and Outdoor Leisure Maps, 1985-89 {§111 2.3}

Index to the 1:25 000 First & Second Series, with on the back index to 1:10 000 and 1:10 560 National Grid Series, 1977-89: same print-code seems to appear consistently on both sides {§111 2.4}
    AF © 1980 Published sheets at 1-4-80
    AJ / A © 1982. Published sheets 1st April 1982.
    AL © 1983 Published sheets at 1-4-83
    AO © 1984 Published sheets at 1-4-85

Index to Pathfinder and 1:10,000 Map Series, 1986-89
    BR © 1986. Cover : October 1986.
    BS © 1987. Cover : Green with white title. October 1987.
    BT © 1988. Cover : September 1988.
    BU © 1988. Cover : April 1989.

1:800,000 Scale

Mapping Index 2001. "Outdoor Leisure, Explorer, Pathfinder, Landranger, GB Routemaster, Road Maps"
    © 2001. Cover : First Edition / January 2001.

Mapping Index 2001. "Outdoor Leisure, Explorer, Pathfinder, Landranger, GB Routemaster, Road Maps, Touring Maps"
    © 2001. Cover : Second Edition / July 2001

Mapping Index 2002. Explorer Maps, OS Landranger Maps, OS Travel Maps, GB Route, Road, Tour, 2002
    © 2002. Cover : 2002.

1:625,000 Scale

National Grid Index to 1:25,000 Sheets, 1946 {§89 B1.29}
    Print-code : 50046. Printed 11.45

Index to ... Maps at Scale of 1:25,000 (about 2½ Inches to the Mile) on National Grid Lines, 1954 {§89 B1.30}
    Print-code : 768 Printed 1954
    Print-code : 769 Printed 1954

Index to 1:25 000 Pathfinder Maps and Outdoor Leisure Maps, 1990-93 {§90 C2.5}
    A   © 1990. Cover : January 1990.
    A1 © 1991. Cover : Green with white title. January 1991.
    A2 © 1992. Cover : Green with white title. January 1992.
    A3 © 1993. Cover : January 1993. Not found / not published ?

Index. Pathfinder Maps, Outdoor Leisure Maps, Explorer Maps, Landranger Maps, 1994-95 {§90 C2.6}
    © 1994. Cover : Green with white title. January 1994.
    © 1995. Cover : Green with white title. January 1995.
    © 1995. Cover : January 1995. OS overprint advertising Blackwells bookshop
    © 1995. Cover : Green with white title. January 1995. OS overprint advertising Dillons bookshop
    © 1995. Cover : January 1995. OS overprint advertising Hammicks Bookshops
    © 1995. Cover : January 1995. OS overprint advertising Stanfords bookshop

Mapping Index. Outdoor Leisure, Explorer, Pathfinder, Landranger, Travelmaster, 1996-2000 {§90 C2.7}
    © 1996. Cover : Green with white title. 1996.
    © 1996. Cover : 1996. OS overprint advertising Dillons
    © 1996. Cover : 1996. OS overprint advertising National Map Centre
    © 1996. Cover : 1996. OS overprint advertising Stanfords
    © 1997. Cover : White with dark blue title. 1997.
    © 1997. Cover : White with dark blue title. January 1998
    © 1998. Cover : White with dark blue title. Edition 2 / July 1998.
    © 1999. Cover : White with dark blue title. 1st Edition / January 1999.
    © 1999. Cover : White with magenta title. 2nd Edition / July 1999.
    © 2000. Cover : White with white title on dark blue panel. First Edition / January 2000.
    © 2000. Cover : White with white title on dark blue panel. Second Edition / July 2000.

Various scales

    Map Index 2001. Cover : Mauve with white title in purple panel. Published January 2001.
    Map Index 2001 v2. Cover : Light blue with title in darker blue panel. Published July 2001.
    Map Index 2002. Cover : Aqua blue with white title. Published May 2002.
    Map Index 2003-4. Cover : Aqua blue with white title. Published June 2003. Print-code : OPT 46496_0303.
    Map Index 2004 and order form. Print-code : D01820a 0903.
    Map Index 2004. Cover : Aqua blue with white title. Print-code : D031930 1003.
    Map Index 2004 / Mynegai mapiau. Cover : Aqua blue with white title. Print-code : D01820a 0204.
    Map Index 2005. Cover : Mauve with white title. Print-code : D02883a 1204.
    Map Index 2005 / Mynegai mapiau. Cover : Mauve with white title. Print-code : D02883aw 0205.
    Map Index 2006. Cover : Mauve with white title. Published 13.3.06. Print-code : D03860 0106.
    Map Index 2006 / Mynegai mapiau. Cover : Mauve with white title. Published 31.5.06. Print-code : D03860w 0206.
    Map Index 2007. Cover : Mauve with white title. Published 15.1.07. Print-codes : D04876a 1106 and 0307.
    Map Index 2007 / Mynegai mapiau. Published 31.5.06 (apparently). Print-code : D04876w 0207.
    Map Index 2008. Cover : Mauve with white title. Published 29.2.08. Print-code : D05711a 1208.
    Map Index 2009. Published 16.3.09. Print-code : D06295a 1208
    Map Index [2010]. Cover : Mauve with white title. Published 21.1.10. Print-code : D07340_01 1209.
    Map Index 2011. Probably not published.
    Map Index 2012. Published 11.5.12. Print-code : D09345_02 0412.
    Map Index 2013. Cover : Light gray with purple title. Published 16.9.13. Print-code : D10664_01_0613.
    Map Index 2014. Probably not published.
    Map Index [2015]. Cover : Blue with white title. Published 22.6.15. Print-code : D12840_e_0215
    Map Index 2015 v2. Published 7.9.15.
    Map Index 2016. Published 18.5.16.

Some miscellaneous items - leaflets containing indexes

Major upgrade of 1:25 000 scale mapping
    A5 format. Print-code : DS 20264 0996.

Pathfinder maps to be phased out ... Explorer maps and Outdoor Leisure will take their place
    DL format. Issue One, Summer 1997. Print-code : DS 20437 0697.

Outdoor Leisure and Explorer maps. Pathfinder maps to be phased out...
    DL format. Issue Two. Spring 1998. Print-code : DS 20437 0298.
    DL format. Issue Three. Spring 1999. Print-code : DS 20437 1098.
    DL format. Issue Four. Summer 1999. No print-code

Index of Explorer maps. Including Outdoor Leisure maps.
    DL format. [Issue Five.] Spring 2000. Print-code : DS 20437 0200.

Your access to the countryside. Explorer and Outdoor Leisure maps upgrade programme
    DL format. [Issue Six. Spring 2001.] Print-code : DS 20437 1100.

... and so on until March 2003.

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