During the Napoleonic Wars, the British government realised it had no accurate maps for civil defence. The foundation of the Ordnance Survey resulted from this emergency and produced, from 1805 onwards, the first definitive and consistent maps of our landscape. These included numerous ancient features, some of which have since been lost under concrete and tarmac. Several subsequent revisions of these maps were produced culminating in the familiar present-day 1:50,000 pink-and-silver Landrangers, at least one copy of which is probably in every house or office in the country.
Cassini has scanned, joined, re-projected and enhanced these historical OS maps. Many are available as printed sheet maps which exactly match the present-day OS Landrangers: these and more besides can also be obtained in a range of formats from personalised PDF downloads to site-centred printed sheets. Cassini also offers a wide range of products to satisfy the most discerning of gift buyers including canvas prints, framed maps and placemats.
All are available to CBA members at a special offer of £3.49 P&P while stocks last (normal RRP £9.99 and £3.49 P&P) at www.cassinimaps.co.uk/cba
These maps, whatever their format, are historical documents. They have a practical value archaeologically because they are geo-rectified to match present-day scales and projections enabling the past to be compared accurately with the present. Aesthetically they are beautiful and fascinating reminders of the landscape we traded for the motor car, the shopping centre and the golf course. All in all, they are superb reproductions of the only consistent surveys of Britain’s past.