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Historic mapping

Request for Information – FOI14494


Thank you for your email of 8 September 2014 which we acknowledge, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

The request is as follows:

I'm requesting a 1:10,000 scale map from 2006 or the nearest mapping year PRIOR to this date.

Centred on Sx 0xx 2xx which is xxxxxx, xxxxxx Barnsley and A3 in size to show the surrounding area.

I wish to see the location of mapped features such as buildings, fences, walls etc. at this time.

Electronic format is fine in a form that can be viewed by regularly available software.

Our response

I can advise that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information, because our historic map library closed in 2008 and consequently we no longer hold historic mapping.

Under our duty to provide advice and assistance as stipulated in Section 16 of the FOIA, we can provide the following explanation which may assist you in this matter.

We do sell a limited reproduction range of 1 inch to 1 mile maps. We can also offer various historical products produced by our licensed partners; you will find these in our shop by clicking on the old maps section.

You may be able to view various other historical maps free of charge at local libraries. A small charge may be made for a copy if required. Licensing terms and conditions apply to mapping still in copyright (mapping produced within the last 50 years).

Legal Deposit Libraries hold extensive collections of historic maps, and offer reading and copying facilities for customers willing to visit and carry out their own searches:

  • The British library
  • Bodleian Library Oxford
  • Cambridge University library
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Library of trinity College Dublin
  • National Library of Wales

Some stockists are also able to supply historic mapping, and our historical map archives web page provides details of those stockists and contact information for the legal deposit libraries.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

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