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Map abbreviations

Ordnance Survey maps use a range of symbol, abbreviations and language to communicate features on the landscape of Great Britain, find out more about map abbreviations below.

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A

TermDescriptionSource
AAlley, Approach, Arcade, AvenueMOD6/L-10T
AAreaSAN
AAA Telephone Box (small scales)DM
A/DAsphalt DiscMOD6/L-TS
AAAA Telephone BoxDM
AATAnalytical Aerial TriangulationMOD6/L-TS
ABUTAbutmentMOD6/L-BML
AcadAcademyMOD6/L
Ad CoAdministrative CountyDM
AdjAdjacentMOD6/L-TS
Admin CoAdministrative CountyDM
AGLAbove Ground LevelMOD6/L-TS
ALAlleyMOD6/L-10T
ALBAir Light BeaconDM
Allot GdnsAllotment GardensDM
AltAltitudeMOD6/L-TS
AltsAlterationsMOD6/L
Amb StaAmbulance StationDM
ANGAngleMOD6/L-BML
AngleAngleseyDM-CN
AODAbove Ordnance DatumMOD6/L-TS
APAir PointMOD6/L-TS
AP, APPApproachMOD6/L-10T
AR, ARCArcadeMOD6/L-10T
AUXAuxiliaryMOD6/L-TS
Av or AveAvenueDM

B

TermDescriptionSource
BBaulk, Bank, Base, Basin, Bridge, BroadDM-By
BBoilerSAN
BBoulevard, Broadway, BrowMOD6/L-10T
BBreak in house numbers on SUSI/SIM ProductsBB1969
B MdBoundary MoundDM
B MkBoundary MarkDM
B RodBrass RodMOD6/L-TS
B-PBy-passMOD6/L-10T
BaptBaptistDM
BATTBattlementMOD6/L-BML
BatteryBtyDM
BBBase of BankDM-Bdy
BBBuried BlockMOD6/L-TS
BCBorough Constituency, Burgh ConstituencyDM
BDBoulevardMOD6/L-10T
BdyBoundaryDM
BDYBroadwayMOD6/L-10T
Bdy MBoundary Mark or MoundOS404
BGBurial GroundOS404
BHBeer HouseDM
BkBankDM
BKBank (building)MOD6/L-BML
BK HBake HouseSAN
BksBarracksDM
BLDG(S)Building(s)MOD6/L-BML
BldgsBuildingsOS404
BlgBuildingDM
BMBench MarkDM
BNBarnSAN
BnBroken (hedge or bank) on SUSI®/SIM®/SuperplanTM ProductsMOD6/L
BoBouldersMOD6/L
BOHBoiler HouseSAN
BolBollardDM
BoroBoroughOS404
Boro ConstBorough ConstituencyDM
BPBoundary Post or PlateDM
BRBrass RivetMOD6/L-TS
BrBridgeDM
BRBridgeMOD6/L-BML
BRBridle RoadOS404
BRBrowMOD6/L-10T
BR HBrew HouseSAN
Br PBraced PostMOD6/L-TS
Brac/RGBracken and Rough grassland on SUSI/SIM/Superplan ProductsBB1969
BSBoundary StoneDM
BucksBuckinghamshireDM-CN
Burgh ConstBurgh ConstituencyDM
Burial GdBurial GroundDM
BusOmnibusDM
BUTTButtressMOD6/L-BML
BSBus StopCSS - 1000
BLBasement LightCSS - 1:1000
BVDBoulevardMOD6/L-10T
BYBroadwayMOD6/L-10T
BY-PSBy-passMOD6/L-10T

C

TermDescriptionSource
CCam, Canal, Causeway, Centre of, Channel, CutDM-By
CCarriage, Creek, CrossOS404
CCauseway, Chase, Circle, Circus, CloseMOD6/l-10T
CCliff, Conduit, Cop, Course of, Covered, CulvertDM-By
CCock1:1056
CCommunity (Wales)MOD6/L
CConiferous (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)MOD6/L
CCourt, Crescent, Croft, Cross, Cut, CornerMOD6/L-10T
CCraneDM
C in WChurch in WalesDM
C of EChurch of EnglandDM
C of SChurch of ScotlandDM
(C)Close (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)BB1969
CalvCalvinistDM
Car PkCar Park (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)BB1969
CasCastleDM
CasCastleMOD6/L-BML
CATHCathederalMOD6/L-BML
CathCathedralDM
CathlCathedralOS404
CBCall BoxCSS - 1:1000
CBCentre of Bank, Basin, Baulk, BroadDM-By
CBCoal Bin, BunkerSAN
CBCounty BoroughDM
CCCentre of CanalDM-By
CCChisel Cut (Mark)MOD6/L-TS
CCCoal Cover1:500-Gateshead
CCCounty ConstituencyDM
CCCounty CouncilRB1963[Obs]
CCLWCentre of Channel at Low WaterDM-By
CCSCentre of Covered StreamDM-By
CDCentre DrainMOD6/L-TS
CDCentre of DrainDM-By
CDKCentre Drain at KerbMOD6/L-TS
CDSCul de sac (Station)MOD6/L-TS
CemyCemeteryDM
CenCentre (Social, etc)DM
CF, CFTCroftMOD6/L-10T
CGCattle Grid (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)MOD6/L
CG LookoutCoastguard LookoutMOD6/L
CG StaCoastguard StationDM
CH, CHAChaseMOD6/L-10T
ChChurchDM
CHClub HouseDM
CHCoach HouseSAN
CHCoal HouseSAN
Ch YdChurch YardMOD6/L
ChapChapelDM
Chr Sc ChChristian Science Church; Church of Christ ScientistDM
ChyChimneyDM
CinCinemaDM
CIR, CIRCCircle, CircusMOD6/L-10T
CisCisternDM
CLCloseMOD6/L-10T
CLClose [density] (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)MOD6/L
ClClose [place]DM
Cl HCoal HouseSAN
CLBCoal BinSAN
CLUB HOClub HouseMOD6/L-BML
CMChalk/Crayon MarkMOD6/L-TS
CnCapstanDM
CNCisternSAN
CnlCouncil (not in conjunction with county)DM
CNRCornerMOD6/L-10T
CnrCorner (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
Co CnlCounty CouncilDM
Co ConstCounty ConstituencyDM
Co of CityCounty of CityDM
Co-edCo-educationalDM
Co-ord(s)Co-ordinate(s)MOD6/L-TS
COCSCentre of old course of streamDM-By
CoHCow HouseSAN
ColCollects (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
CollCollegeDM
CollyCollieryDM
Comm CentreCommunity CentreMOD6/L
CompsComputationsMOD6/L-TS
ConcConcreteMOD6/L-TS
ConglCongregationalDM
Conv HomeConvalescent HomeDM
CopCoppice/Osiers (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
CorpnCorporationDM
Corpn YdCorporation YardDM
CottCottageDM
CPCentre Punched (Mark)MOD6/L-TS
CPCess PoolSAN
CPCivil ParishDM
CPAComparator Point (Air)MOD6/L-TS
CPGComparator Point (Ground)MOD6/L-TS
CrCentre [of stone marking trig pt]1:10560
CRCentre of Railway, River, RoadDM-By
CRContinuous RevisonMOD6/L-TS
Cr, CresCrescentDM
CR, CresCrescentMOD6/L-10T
crCrosses (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
CremCrematoriumDM
CSCentre of StreamDM-By
CSCess PoolSAN
CSCrossMOD6/L-10T
CseCourseDM
CSWYCausewayMOD6/L-10T
CTCart TrackDM-Obs
CtCourtDM
CTCourtMOD6/L-10T
CT HCart HouseSAN
CT SCart ShedSAN
CUCutMOD6/L-10T
CulCulvert (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
CvtConventDM
CWCausewayMOD6/L-10T
CWCentre of WallOS404

D

TermDescriptionSource
DDale, Drive, DroveMOD6/L-10T
DDam, Ditch, Dock, Double, Down, DrainDM-By
D FnDrinking FountainDM
D SlipDouble slip (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
D WellDraw Well1:1056
DBDust BinSAN
DDDouble Ditch or Drain (SUSI/SIM Products)DM-By
DefDefacedDM-By
DeptDepartmentDM
DetDetachedDM
Det RingDetector RingMOD6/L-TS
DFDouble Fence (SUSI/SIM Products)DM-By
DFDrain FrameMOD6/L-TS
DFDrinking FountainOld List
DGDouble Gate (level crossing) (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
DGDrying GroundOldList
DialSun Dial1:1056
DisDisusedDM
DISDisusedMOD6/L-BML
Dismtd RlyDismantled RailwayMOD6/L
DistDistrictDM
DivDivisionMOD6/L
DkDockDM
DLDaleMOD6/L-10T
DORDate of RevisionMOD6/L
DOSDate of SurveyMOD6/L
DPDung PitSAN
DrDriveDM
DRDriveMOD6/L-10T
DRODroveMOD6/L-10T
DSDouble Stream (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
DVDroveMOD6/L-10T
DWDouble Wall [LS drafting guide only]MOD6/L
DWDraw WellSAN

E

TermDescriptionSource
EEdge of, EyotDM-By
EEmbankment, EsplanadeMOD6/L-10T
EEnd (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
EDElectoral DivisionMOD6/L
EDEuropean DatumMOD6/L-TS
EKEdge of KerbDM-By
ElElectric or ElectricityDM
El Gen StaElectricity Generating StationDM
El PElectricity Pillar or Electricity PoleDM
El Sub StaElectricity Sub StationDM
El TfmrElectricity TransformerDM
El Tfmr StaElectricity Transformer StationDM
El WksElectricity WorksDM
ELBElectric Light Bracket1:500 Grimsby, 1906
ELSElectric Light StandardOS404
EMEmbankmentMOD6/L-10T
EMEnd of Motorway (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
EMBEmbankmentMOD6/L-10T
EmpEmploymentDM
Emp ExEmployment ExchangeDM
Eng WksEngineering WorksDM
ENTEntranceMOD6/L-BML
EPElectricity Pole, Pylon
ESEnd of Straight (railway) (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
ESP, ESPLEsplanadeMOD6/L-10T
ETLElectricity Transmission LineDM
Euro ConstEuropean Assemby ConstituencyMOD6/L
ExExchangeDM

F

TermDescriptionSource
FFace of, Fence, Fleet, Foot, FreeboardDM-By
FFlyover, FollyMOD6/L-10T
FFurrowOld List
F BrFoot BridgeOS404
F ChFree ChurchDM
F StaFire StationDM
FAFire AlarmDM
FallWaterfallDM
FAPFire Alarm PillarDM
FBFilter BedDM
FBFoot BridgeDM
FBMFundamental Bench MarkDM
FCForestry CommissionMOD6/L
FC, FChFree ChurchOld List
FDFoundations (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
FE StaFire Engine StationDM
Ferry V or FFerries - Vehicular, FootDM
FFFace of FenceDM-By
FHFire HydrantSAN
FLFace LeftMOD6/L-TS
FL BRFlush bracketMOD6/L-BML
Fl SkFlare StackMOD6/L
FL-OFly-overMOD6/L-10T
FmFarmDM
FnFountainDM
FN/WFelt Nail and WasherMOD6/L-TS
FOFollyMOD6/L-10T
FPFace of PalingOS404
FPFire PlugOS404, SAN
FPFoot PathDM-Obs
FRFace RightMOD6/L-TS
FRFlat Rock (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
FSFlagstaffDM
FtFeetDM-By
FWFace of WallDM-By

G

TermDescriptionSource
GGap, Gardens, Gate, Green, GroveMOD6/L-10T
GGate, Grass [mereings]OS404
GGully or Kerb OutletCSS - 1:1000
G YdGrave YardDM
Gas GovGas GovernorMOD6/L
GCGas Column1:500
GDGardensMOD6/L-10T
GdGroundDM
GdnsGardensDM
Gen StaGenerating StationDM
GeoGeodeticMOD6/L-TS
GHGreen HouseSAN
GlGlass (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
GNGreenMOD6/L-10T
GovtGovernmentDM
GPGas PlugOS404
GPGuide Post (signpost)DM
GPOGeneral Post OfficeDM
GrGroveDM
GSGantry Support (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
GSLGround Surface Level (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
GT, GtGateMOD6/L-10T
GT PGate postMOD6/L-BML
GVGas ValveSAN-1:500
GVCGas Valve CompoundDM

H

TermDescriptionSource
HHarbour, HedgeDM-By
HHeights, Hill, HollowMOD6/L-10T
HHigh, Hole, House, Hydrant, HydraulicOS404
HHydrantDM
HHydraulicDM
haHectaresDM
HdHeadDM
HLHillMOD6/L-10T
HNTHouse Number TraceMOD6/L-TS
HoHouseDM
HOLHollowMOD6/L-10T
HosplHospitalDM
HP to which MTs flowHighest Point to which Medium Tides flowDM-Obs
HP to which OSTs flow}Highest Point to which Ordinary Tides flowDM-Obs
HP to which OSTs flow}Spring Tides flowDM-Obs
HP to which OTs flowHighest Point to which Ordinary Tides flowDM-Obs
HPOHead Post OfficeDM
HQHeadquartersDM
HRHedge RowOS404
HT, HTSHeightsMOD6/L-10T
HWHollowMOD6/L-10T
HWHollow Way; High WaterOS404
HWMHigh Water MarkDM
HWM(S)High Water Mark (Springs)DM
HWMMTHigh Water Mark of Medium TidesDM-Obs
HWMOSTHigh Water Mark of Ordinary Spring TidesDM-Obs
HWMOTHigh Water Mark of Ordinary TidesDM-Obs
H RamHydraulic Ram
HHeliportsCSS
HydHydrantCSS - 1:1000

I

TermDescriptionSource
IInformation Centre (tourist symbol)CSS
IIsland, IsleDM
IHInspection Hole1:500-Brecon
IndptIndependentDM
IndtIndependentOS404
InfmyInfirmaryDM
InftInfantDM
insInchesDM
InstInstituteDM
InstnInstitutionOS404
IntIntersection/IntersectedMOD6/L-TS
IPIron PipeMOD6/L-TS
IRIron RodMOD6/L-TS
IRB StaInshore Rescue Boat StationDM
Isoln HosplIsolation HospitalDM
IssIssues [MSD only]MOD6/L

J

TermDescriptionSource
J, JNJunctionMOD6/L-10T
JMIJunior Mixed and InfantsMOD6/L
JuncJunctionDM

K

TermDescriptionSource
KKerbDM-By
kmKilometresDM
Km PKilometre PostDM
KNKilnSAN
KSKitchin SinkSAN


L

TermDescriptionSource
LLade, Lake, Lead, Loch, Lockspit, TidesDM-By
LLakeDM
LLane, Lawn, LeaMOD6/L-10T
LLane, Leat, Lock, LampOS404
LLochDM
LLochanMOD6/L
LLockDM
L HoLighthouseDM
L TwrLighting TowerDM
LaLaneDM
LatLatitudeMOD6/L
LavLavatoryDM-Obs
LBLetter BoxDM
LBLondon BoroughDM
LB HoLifeboat HouseDM
LB StaLifeboat StationDM
LCLevel CrossingDM
LDPLong Distance PathMOD6/L
LELeaMOD6/L-10T
LGLoading GaugeDM
LHLamp HouseSAN
LibyLibraryDM
LKLime KilnDM
LKNLime KilnSAN
LNLawnMOD6/L-10T
LoLodgeDM
Loco ShedLocomotive ShedDM
LongLongitudeMOD6/L
LPLamp PostSAN
LPTBLondon Passenger Transport BoardCarto Library
LPTALondon Passenger Transport AreaCarto Library
LrLowerDM
LROLocal Reference ObjectMOD6/L-TS
LTLondon TransportDM
LTALondon Traffic AreaCarto Library
LWLLow Water LevelDM
LWMLow Water MarkDM
LWM(S)Low Water Mark (Springs)DM
LWMMTLow Water Mark of Medium TidesDM-Obs
LWMOSTLow Water Mark of Ordinary Spring TidesDM-Obs
LWMOTLow Water Mark of Ordinary TidesDM-Obs
LWNLawnMOD6/L-10T
LWRLast Walk RoundMOD6/L-TS


M

TermDescriptionSource
MMark, Mile, Mooring, MoundOS404
MMarsh, Mere, MoatDM
MMasonryMOD6/L
MMead, Mews, Mound, MountMOD6/L-10T
mMetresDM
MMetresMOD6/L-BML
MMilesDM
mMedium (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
Mag VarMagnetic VariationDM
MBMunicipl BoroughDM
MCMinor ControlMOD6/L-TS
MCPAMinor Control Point AlbumMOD6/L-TS
MCTSMinor Control Traverse StationMOD6/L-TS
MDMoundMOD6/L-10T
MeMeadMOD6/L-10T
MemlMemorialDM
metMetalled (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
MetMetropolitanMOD6/L
Met StaMeteorological StationDM
MethMethodistDM
Mg PMooring Post1:1056
MHMalt HouseMOD6/L
MHMan HoleDM
MH & MLWMean High and Mean Low WaterDM
MH & MLWSMean High and Mean Low Water SpringsDM
MHWMean High WaterDM
MHWSMean High Water SpringsDM
Min TechMinistry of TechnologyDM-Obs
MisnMissionDM
Misn ChMission ChurchDM
MixMixed, Mixture(woods class.)MOD6/L
MktMarketDM
Mkt HoMarket HouseDM
MLWMean Low WaterDM
MLWSMean Low Water SpringsDM
MOMatter of opinion (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
ModModuleMOD6/L-TS
MonMonumentDM
MortuaryMortDM
MPMile Post Mooring PostDM
MPUMail Pick-upDM
MrManorDM
MRMooring RingOS404
MSMewsMOD6/L-10T
MSMile StoneDM
MSDMaster Survey DrawingMOD6/L-TS
MSLMean Sea LevelMOD6/L-BML
MTMountMOD6/L-10T
MtMountainDM
MT, MTsMedium Tide(s)[DM-Obs]
Mtl HosplMental HospitalDM
Multi Car ParkMultistory Car ParkMOD6/L
MunlMunicipalDM
MusMuseumDM


N

TermDescriptionSource
NNo name or number (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
N BdNotice Board (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
N SqNot Square (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
NBMNew Bench MarkMOD6/L-BML
NCNon-coniferous (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
NCBNational Coal BoardDM
NDNo division (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
NGNational GridMOD6/L
NoNumberDM
NonconNonconformistDM
NottsNottinghamshireDM-CN
NSNot square (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
NTNational TrustDM
NTLNormal Tidal LimitDM
NTSNational Trust for ScotlandDM


O

TermDescriptionSource
OOfficeOS404
OOldDM-By
OOrchardMOD6/L-10T
oOpen (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
ObsyObservatoryDM
OctOctagonal (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
OEOrignal ErrorMOD6/L
OGOrnamental GroundMOD6/L
ONOvenSAN
OPPOppositeMOD6/L-BML
OROrchardMOD6/L-10T
OROutcropping Rock (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
OrchOrchard (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)MOD6/L
OSOut Stipple (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
OSBMOrdnance Survey Bench MarkMOD6/L-TS
OSGBOrdnance Survey Great BritainMOD6/L-TS
OST, OSTsOrdinary Spring Tide(s)[DM-Obs]
OT, OTsOrdinary Tide(s)[DM-Obs]


P

TermDescriptionSource
PPaling, Passage, Pavement, PillarOS404
PParade, Pass, Passage, Path, Place, PassengerMOD6/L-10T
PParking (tourist symbol)CSS
PPassage, Path, Plate, Pond, PostDM-By
PPillarDM
PPlug, Pool, PumpOS404
PPoleDM
PPostDM
PPost Office (small scales)DM
PPromenade, PrecinctMOD6/L-10T
PPumpSAN
PPylonDM
PAPathMOD6/L-10T
PABPublished Abstract BoltMOD6/L-TS
Paint MPaint MarkMOD6/L-TS
PalPalaceDM
PARParadeMOD6/L-10T
PARAParapetMOD6/L-BML
ParlyParliamentaryOS404
PASSPassageMOD6/L-10T
PavPavilionDM
PCPedestrian CrossingCSS - 1:1000
PCPublic ConvenienceDM
PCBPolice Call BoxDM
PDDetail Point (Point of Detail)MOD6/L-TS
PdPond (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
PEPhotogrammically enlargedDM-Obs
Per CurPerpetual CuracyOS404
PGPassageMOD6/L-10T
PhParishDM-Obs
PHPublic HouseDM
Pillar (OS)Triangulation pillarMOD6/L
PksPecks (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
PktPicketOS404
PLPipe Line [MSD only-pub. in full]MOD6/L
PlPlaceDM
PlantnPlantationDM
PLBPillar Letter Box1:500-Grimsby,'06
PNPipe NailMOD6/L-TS
PN/WPipe Nail and WasherMOD6/L-TS
POPost Office (large scales)DM
PODDetail Point (Point of Detail)MOD6/L-TS
Pol hoPolice HouseMOD6/L
Pol StaPolice StationDM
PPPrimary PointMOD6/L-TS
PpPumpDM
Pp HoPump HouseDM
Ppg StaPumping StationDM
PRPeriodic RevisionMOD6/L-TS
PRPromenadeMOD6/L-10T
PREPrecinctMOD6/L-10T
PresbPresbyterianDM
PresbyPresbyteryDM
Prim MethPrimitive MethodistOS404
PRODNProductionMOD6/L-BML
PROMPromenadeMOD6/L-10T
PSPassMOD6/L-10T
PSHParishMOD6/L-BML
PtPointDM
PTPrecinctMOD6/L-10T
PtePrivateBB1969
PTPPolice Telephone Pillar or PostDM
PTSPermanent Traverse StationMOD6/L-TS
PubPublicBB1969
PWPlace of WorshipMOD6/L
PYPiggerySAN
PyPrivySAN


Q

TermDescriptionSource
QQuayMOD6/L-10T


R

TermDescriptionSource
RRace, Railway, Ride, River, Road, Root ofDM-By
RRidge, Rise, Road, RowMOD6/L-10T
RRiverDM
RRocks [mereing]OS404
RRAC Telephone Box (small scales)DM
RACRAC Telephone BoxDM
RACRoyal Automobile ClubDM
RangeRifle RangeDM
RBRural BoroughDM
RCRoman CatholicDM
RdRoadDM
RDRural DistrictDM
RDGRidgeMOD6/L-10T
RecRectoryDM
RecnRecreationDM
Recn GdRecreation GroundDM
Rems ofRemains ofDM
ResrReservoirDM
RGBracken/rough grassland (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
RGRidgeMOD6/L-10T
RHRoad HouseDM
RHRoot of HedgeDM-By
RLRoof LineMOD6/L
RlyRailwayDM
Rly StaRailway StationDM
ROReference/Referring ObjectMOD6/L-TS
RORetain OriginalMOD6/L
rpRevision PointDM
RSRain SpoutSAN
RWRowMOD6/L-10T
RyRailwayOS404


S

TermDescriptionSource
SScar, Sewer, Side of, Slope, Sluice, Stone, StreamDM-By
SSide, Spur, Square, Stairs, Steps, StrandMOD6/L-10T
SSink; Sink StonesSAN
SService Area on Motorways (Small Scale Products)
SStileCSS - 1:1000
SStoneDM
SStreetMOD6/L-10T
SStreet (mereing)OldList
S BrSignal BridgeDM
S GantrySignal GantryDM
S StaSignal StationDM
SASalvation ArmyDM
SanatmSanatoriumDM
SANDSub-Areas Name DiagramMOD6/L-TS
SBSignal BoxDM
ScScrub (SUSI/SIM/Superplan Products)MOD6/L
SCStop CockOS404
ScatScattered (density) (SUSI/SIM /Superplan Products)MOD6/L
SchSchoolDM
SDSideMOD6/L-10T
SDSingle Drain or Ditch (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969/MOD6/L
SdSoundDM
SDStrandMOD6/L-10T
SDSun DialDM
SecSecondaryMOD6/L-TS
SFSide of Fence, Furrow, etcOS404
SGSewer GrateSAN
SHSummer HouseOS404
Sh FdSheep Fold (SUSI/SIM Products)MOL6/L
SkSketched (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SksSinks (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SLSignal LampOldList
SLSignal LightDM
SlSluiceDM
SMSloping Masonry (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SmySmithyDM
SNScientific NetworkMOD6/L-TS
SPSewer PipeOS404
SPSignal PostDM
SpSpireMOD6/L-TS
SpSpreads (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SPSpurMOD6/L-10T
SprSpringDM
SqSquareDM
SQSquareMOD6/L-10T
SRSide of RiverDM-By
SRSStairsMOD6/L-10T
SSSaintsDM
SSSingle Stream (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SSlipSingle Slip (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
StSaintDM
STSpring TidesOS404
STStableSAN
StStoneSAN
StStreetDM
StaffsStaffordshire [post-1974]DM-CN
StdStandardDM
StnStationOldList
STPSStepsMOD6/L-10T
StrSStairsMOD6/L-10T
STSStepsMOD6/L-10T
StsSteps (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SuffSuffolkDM-CN
Sun SchSunday SchoolDM
SurSurfaceOS404
Sur BSurface BlockMOD6/L-TS
SVSewer Vent?1:1056/1:500
SVSpirit Vaults1:1056
SWSloping Wall (SUSI/SIM Products)BB1969
SwSwitchBB1969


T

TermDescriptionSource
TTank, Tap, TidesOS404
TTelephone Box (small scales)DM
TTerrace, TrackMOD6/L-10T
TTop ofDM
TTroughSAN
TA CentreTerritorial and Army Volunteer Reserve CentreDM
TA CentreTerritorial Army Reserve CentreDM
TachyTacheometer/TacheometryMOD6/L-TS
TADTrig Availability DiagramMOD6/L-TS
TBTop of BankDM-By
TCTravelling CraneOS404
TCBTelephone Call BoxDM
TCPTelephone Call Post or PillarDM
TCPTemporary Control PointMOD6/L-TS
TETerraceMOD6/L-10T
Tech CollTechnical CollegeDM
Tel ExTelephone ExchangeDM
Tel LineTelephone LineMOD6/L
Tel PTelephone PoleDM
TerTerminusDM
TerTerraceOS404
TerrTerraceDM, MOD6/L
TertTertiaryMOD6/L-TS
TGToll GateOS404
THTool HouseSAN
THTown HallDM
TkTankDM,
TkTrackDM, OS404
Tk FTrack of FenceOS404
Tk HTrack of HedgeDM-By
Tk STrack of StreamDM-By
TLHTool HouseSAN
TollToll Bridge or GateDM
TPTelegraph PoleSAN
TPTurnpikeOS404
TrTroughDM
trTroughSAN
TravTraverseMOD6/L-TS
Trav CTravelling CraneDM
Trig StaTrigonometrical StationMOD6/L
tsPermanent Traverse Station, Traverse StationDM
TSTraffic SignalCSS - 1:1000
TV StaTelevision StationDM
TWLTop Water Level (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
TwrTowerDM


U

TermDescriptionSource
U Ref ChUnited Reformed ChurchDM
UDUrban DistrictDM
UFUnited FreeOS404
ULUpper Level of CommunicationCSS
ULCUpper Level of through CommunicationMOD6/L
umUnmadeMOD6/L
UndUndefinedDM
UndenomUndenominationalDM
Under ConstnUnder ConstructionDM
UnitUnitarianOS404
UnivUniversityDM
UPUnited PresbyterianOldList
UprUpperDM
UTMUniversal Transverse MercatorMOD6/L-TS


V

TermDescriptionSource
VVale, View, VillasMOD6/L-10T
VValveDM
VVentilatorOS404
V HoValve HouseDM
VAValeMOD6/L-10T
VAVertical AngleMOD6/L-TS
VAVoluntary AssistedDM
VCValve Cover1:500-Grimsby,'06
VCVoluntary ControlledDM
VDPVehicle Detector PadCSS - 1:1000
VIVertical IntervalMOD6/L-TS
VIVillasMOD6/L-10T
VicVicarageDM
VILVillasMOD6/L-10T
VPVent PipeCSS - 1:1000
VrVentilatorDM
VTVaultSAN
VWViewMOD6/L-10T


W

TermDescriptionSource
WWalk, Way, WharfMOD6/L-10T
WWall, Weir, WellDM
WWater, WoodOS404
WWatershedMOD6/L
WWellOldList
W MethWesleyan MethodistOS404
W PostWooden Post1:1056
War MemlWar MemorialDM
WBWeighbridgeDM
WBWeighing MachineDM
WCWater ClosetSAN
WCWater Column1:500-Southampton
Wd El GenWind Electricity GeneratorDM
Wd PpWind PumpDM
WesWesleyanOldList
Wes MethWesleyan MethodistDM
WFWharfMOD6/L-10T
WFWharfMOD6/L-10T
WHWash House, Water HouseSAN
WK, WLKWalkMOD6/L-10T
WksWorksDM
WLKWalkMOD6/L-10T
WMWater MainSAN-1:500
WMWeighing MachineOS404
WMWitness MarkMOD6/L-TS
WMPWarning & Monitoring Post (Royal Observer Corps)MOD6/L
WNWire NailMOD6/L-TS
WPWater PlugOS404
WPWooden PegMOD6/L-TS
Wr BdWater BoardDM
Wr PtWater PointDM
Wr TWater TapDM
Wr TwrWater TowerDM
Wr WksWater WorksDM
WSWork ShopSAN
WTWater TapSAN
WTWater Tap (Public)OS404
WT StaWireless StationDM
WVWater ValveSAN-1:500
WWLWinter Water LevelMOD6/L
WYWayMOD6/L-10T


X

TermDescriptionSource
XRoofed Structure Seed! (Superplan Products)CSS
XCCross CutMOD6/L-TS


Y

TermDescriptionSource
YYardMOD6/L-10T
YYouth HostelDM
YdYardDM
YHYouth Hostel (SUSI/SIM Products)MOD6/L
YMCAYoung Men's Christian AssociationDM
YWCAYoung Women's Christian AssociationDM


Source

The above list will explain the majority of abbreviations used on Ordnance Survey maps, and has been compiled from the following sources:

BB1969The Blue Book - Instructions to Draughtsmen, Examiners and Area Revisers, Fourth Edition, 1969
CSSConventional Signs Sheet
CSS - 1:1000Conventional Sign Sheet for 1:1000 and 1:1250 County Series Maps
DMJ.B. Harley, Ordnance Survey maps: a descriptive manual, (Southampton, OS, 1975), pp.169ff.
DM-ByIbid., 'Abbreviations concerning boundary information'
DM-CNIbid., 'County Names Abbreviations'
DM-ObsIbid., 'Obsolescent abbreviations'
MOD6/LModule 6, section L, revised to Amendments nos 2 (May 1986) and 4 (October 1987)
MOD6/L-10TIbid., 'Shortened or special abbreviations for use only with road names on 1:10000 published maps and town maps'
MOD6/L-BMLIbid., 'Abbreviations for use on Bench March Lists'
MOD6/L-TSIbid., 'Miscellaneous abbreviations', 'for use on Traverse and other Control Surveys, and on Technical Instructions, Forms and Leaflets'.
OldListPrinted list of abbreviations, late 19th - early 20th century (photocopy via late J.B. Harley)
OS404O.S.404, Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain. description of their characteristics..., revised to 1925.
RB1963Instructions for detail survey and revision of maps and plans (The Red Book 1963)
SANSanitary abbreviations used on 1:528 and 1:500 mapping, 1850s
1:500, 1:1056Abbreviations so far noted only on maps published at these scales

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