About these pages

What is the purpose of this site?

This site is intended just to provide you with a view of England and Wales as it appeared in the Ordnance Survey maps of the 1930's. As an added benefit you can also see how the world looks today using Google maps satellite imagery.

Why have you done this?

Excellent question! This page started out as a playground for experimenting with the Google Maps API. Then I saw some pages displaying non-google data and thought how about if I display my old copy of the OS Popular edition of Sheffield using Google. From there it wasn't a big step to displaying several old OS maps through the same easy to use interface.

On a more pragmatic note, my girlfriend is taking a couple of Open University courses this year and it gives me something to do when she's studying.

How did you do it?

I read a lot of stuff on the Google Maps API group and spent a lot of time writing my own Java code to do the stitching and creating jpegs suitable for display using Google Maps.

You don't have a map of my area, why not?

This site is just a little hobby and is pretty restricted on cash. We've probably not yet got our hands on a scan or map of your area. If you have one, or know of someone who has, you might think of contributing it.

If you'd like to contribute a scan of a map please contact . He'd be very glad to hear from you.

Can contact you?

Of course you can, you can e-mail . If you would rather not give out your e-mail use the feedback form.

Can I help?

Whay hey! Of course you can. If you're a webby person you can look at prettying up the site. If you've got a Popular Edition (sometimes known as 4th Edition) map that's not up yet you can contribute a scan of it. If you're just a user passing through we'd like to hear your comments on how we could improve the site.

Can I get the raw scans?

Not yet, they will (promise) be made available at some point on geotorrents.org and possibly elsewhere. Alternatively if you are desperate contact and we'll come to some arrangement with blank DVD's and the like. DVD's are certainly preferrable to scraping all the files directly off the server.

The maps of xxx is pretty rubbish, whay's that?

The maps on this site (except those contributed by others) are bought as cheaply as possible, this usually means they've had a hard life and this shows in the scan.

Can I get the software you use?

Cor! You'd better be ready to do a bit of grovelling! But seriously, One day I would like to release the code, but if you can't wait for ever drop a line to .