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Map Scales

These map images illustrate some of the different scales at which maps are produced. 

Please note that the scales are not reproduced accurately on the screen, as different screen resolutions affect how they display. The images are intended as a guide to the level of detail and area covered at different scales.

World Map 1:1000000

World Map 1:1000000. Sheet N-M30 London, AMS 1301. 1947. Maps 920.(432.). Copyright © The British Library Board

Ordnance Survey, 1/4 inch to the mile.(1:253440)

Ordnance Survey, 1/4 inch to the mile.(1:253440). Sheet 12, Ordnance Survey of England and Wales, quarter-inch map. 1919-21. Maps 1175.(146). Copyright © The British Library Board

Ordnance Survey, 1 inch to the mile.(1:63360)

Ordnance Survey, 1 inch to the mile.(1:63360) Sheet 270, New Series Hills Edition. 1878-98. Copyright © The British Library Board

Ordnance Survey, 6 inches to the mile (1:10560)

Ordnance Survey, 6 inches to the mile (1:10560) Sheet K, London 2nd Edition 1920. Copyright © The British Library Board

Ordnance Survey, 25 inches to the mile (1:2534)

Ordnance Survey, 25 inches to the mile (1:2534) SheetV.1, London 3rd Edition 1916. Copyright © The British Library Board

Ordnance Survey, 5 feet to the mile (1:1056)

Ordnance Survey, 5 feet to the mile (1:1056). Sheet VII 83 London LCC Revised Edition 1934-39. Copyright © The British Library Board