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rjw:
As title. The oldmaps.co.uk site will close permanently on 31st October. No reason given.

Probably due to people like me who spent hours on the site but never bought anything  :-[

I'll miss all the stuff from the 50s and 60s especially. Love the cartography and fonts from those eras.

Tomferry:
No way that is truly gutting !!

aricooperdavis:
The National Library of Scotland has a very good similar service: https://maps.nls.uk/

pwhole:
Yeah, but nowhere near as many issues of the maps. The later non-OS ones are useless, being at too large a scale, and they only feature one Victorian 25-inch map - Old Maps often has ten, stretching over a hundred years - that was the best feature, being able to see changes over time, especially where mines are concerned. Most of the ganister mines in Sheffield for example, only opened between about 1905 and 1940, so you can't see any of those on the NLS site maps as they're too old!

The trouble is, the Old Maps subs model was hopeless - I don't want prints for my wall! I would happily have paid a browse-only subscription, had they ever offered one, but they didn't. You could register, but it was unclear if you had to pay from then on if you didn't want prints - they're just too coy with the relevant info. Their FAQ on subscription just takes you to map print prices, but doesn't mention browsing-only, even though they state enhanced zoom is the main bonus of a subscription! I'm not surprised they're going out of business, as their business model is somewhat bizarre, but their stock is good, and I hope some other means of using the content is produced.

https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Pages/Prices

Personally, if I do ever want to actually buy old OS maps as prints, admittedly only of the date released, I get Alan Godfrey maps, as they're very cheap, and very high quality print, and usually with a lot of historical info printed on the back - I have many of thee Sheffield ones, and they're superb for the price:

https://www.alangodfreymaps.co.uk/

Dave Tyson:

--- Quote from: rjw on October 07, 2021, 07:14:59 pm ---As title. The oldmaps.co.uk site will close permanently on 31st October. No reason given.

Probably due to people like me who spent hours on the site but never bought anything  :-[

--- End quote ---
I only just spotted this a few days ago. Was poking around looking at old lead mine sites in Minera. Like you I never paid a bean, but would have been happy to throw a few quid in their direction to be able to download stuff - I didn't want a picture to frame. If you pulled down fragments you could print them and scissors/sellotape made a reasonable job or stitch them together in GIMP. They were better a few years ago when you could zoom in further...

The NLS site is OK, and before they fixed the bug you could fiddle with the URL and pull down a complete sheet - managed to save a few before they stopped it  >:( But they are only 6"/mile and lack the breadth of coverage that old maps had.

For people who have academic connections then you used to be able to get old maps off the O/S site. I think JISC set it up and you just needed to request  login credentials. I used it about 15 years ago - not sure if its still available now

Dave

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