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Part of an 1885 large-scale Ordnance Survey map of Bath Show image info

Part of an 1885 large-scale Ordnance Survey map of Bath

Large-scale Ordnance Survey maps

Explore the Bath of the 1880s! The maps are very large scale and very detailed - you can see garden layouts and even individual trees.

These OS maps were surveyed about 1885,  and the scale is 1:500.  In all, there are 52 sheets, each sheet covering a small area of the city.

You can either order a set of 6 maps for a particular area or areas of Bath for £8 or the entire set for just £30. We can supply the maps on CD or by online transfer.

Please add £1.50 for postage and packing to UK addresses, or £3 to overseas addresses.

How to make a payment

  • At the Record Office: payment can be accepted by cash or cheque
  • By post: payment can be accepted by cheque only
  • Online: 1. Visit the Bath & North East Somerset Council's home page. 2. Using the 'Pay for It' option, choose 'Pay a licence or subscription fee' then choose 'Pay Bath Record Office Fees'. 3. Use your name as a reference to complete the form, then follow the instructions. 4. Note the receipt number produced on completion of payment and email this to the Record Office. You will receive your order once we have received confirmation of payment.
  • Cheques must be made payable to "Bath & North East Somerset Council".

The keysheet will help you to identify which sheets you would like to order.