Ordnance Survey ‘One-Inch Map’ of Hertford & St Albans


In the Victorian era, demand for accurate maps increased, as railways and roads developed and new map-printing techniques emerged. The first edition of this map showing Hertford and St Albans was published between 1886 and 1889, just as the first colour-printed maps were introduced. By the twentieth century, cyclists and motorists were on the road, and rambling mapped routes across the countryside became a popular leisure pursuit. The Ordnance Survey continued to revise this map as part of their hugely popular ‘one-inch to a mile’ series, incorporating new roads, country walks and tourist destinations as time went on.

This particular edition, published in 1931, features a cover by Ellis Martin (1881–1977). Having worked in advertising before the First World War and as a map-maker during it, Martin was employed by the Ordnance Survey in 1919 to make their maps more commercially appealing. He designed a scheme of bright, eye-catching covers, which boosted sales immediately and helped to popularise the OS as the quintessentially British institution we think of today.   

Full title:
Hertford & St. Albans : tourist map
1931, Southampton, Hampshire
Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey
© Ordnance Survey
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Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial licence
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British Library
Maps 209.d.3.(43.)

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