Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Manchester Piccadilly

We have published more than 2,500 maps in our series of Old Ordnance Survey Map reprints, with a highly successful series for Lancashire, including Manchester. Most maps are taken from the OS 1:2500 (or 25 inch) maps and reduced to about 15 inches to the mile. Each covers an area of a mile and a half by a mile. These show the areas in considerable detail, including individual houses.

For a few areas of Liverpool and Manchester we have also reprinted some of the very early Five-foot plans. Originally published at a scale of 1:1056 or 5 feet to the mile, we have reduced them in scale to 1:1760 or a Yard to the Mile. The maps, though covering quite a small area, are quite wonderfully detailed, showing such features as capstans and mooring posts, lamp-posts, the layouts of back yards, and even the interior of certain buildings such as churches. For the urban historian they are perhaps the most fascinating maps ever published by the Ordnance Survey.

Our reprints are neatly folded and each includes a specially written introduction to the area. Maps can be purchased on our On-line Mapshop where further information about titles is given. Or visit The Index Page for a full list to the series and details of Prices.

Here are the details of maps for Manchester Piccadilly:

  • Manchester Sheet 29 Manchester Piccadilly 1849 - published 1991; intro by Chris Makepeace. ISBN.978-0-85054-306-3

    This extremely detailed map covers a major central area of Manchester, with coverage stretching from Portland Street and Piccadilly eastward to Great Ancoats Street and Union Street, and from Hilton Street southward to Shepley Street. Major features include Manchester Royal Infirmary, Grosvenor Street Chapel, House of Recovery, St Clement's church, Royal School of Medicine, St Paul's church, Oldham Street chapel, Lever Street chapel, Newtown Street Mills, Piccadilly Mill, Shooter's Brook Iron Works, several other mills, MSL Railway General Stores etc. A notable aspect of the map is the network of canals around Brown's Field, including Rochdale Canal (with the company's wharfs), and Manchester Ashton Oldham & Stockport Canal, with many canalside wharfs and buildings shown. This is a fascinating and much changed area. Please note that Piccadilly Station is not on this map. On the reverse we include a selection of street directory entries, incl Great Ancoats Street, Lees Street, Piccadilly, Port Street, Portland Street, Tib Street.

    The map links up with Manchester Sheets 24 Manchester New Cross to the north, 30 Ancoats to the east and 34 London Road to the south.

    Follow this link for a complete list of our Manchester or Salford Series maps.

    You can order maps direct from our On-line Mapshop. For other information and prices, and other areas, go to The Index Page.

    Maps in the Godfrey Edition are taken from the 25 inch to the mile map and reduced to about 15 inches to the mile. For a full list of maps for Lancashire, return to the North West page.

    The Godfrey Edition / godfreyedition@btinternet.com / 20 May 2011