Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Wakefield
For the central area of Wakefield we have 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
very detailed, even including the interiors of some public buildings, such as churches. For the urban historian they are
perhaps the most fascinating maps ever published by the Ordnance Survey.
Each map includes a specially written introduction to the area. Maps can be purchased on our
On-line Mapshop where further information about titles is given.
Here are the details of maps for Wakefield SW:
Wakefield 7 Wakefield SW: Westgate & the Fair Ground 1848-66 - published 2023; intro by Alan Godfrey. ISBN.978-1-78721-678-5
This wonderfully detailed map covers the south west part of the city centre.
A major feature is the old prison, shown in detail. The map also includes much of Westgate, the Fair Ground, the first Westgate Station,
and extends eastward to the Zion Chapel.
On the reverse we include a 1:500 plan covering the area around the Cattle Market (or old Fair Ground) in 1888, together with a 2,000 word introduction to the history of the area.
The map links up with Sheet 4 Wakefield NW to the north.
Follow this link for a complete list of our Wakefield Series maps.
For other information and prices, and other areas, go to The Index Page.
This map is taken from the OS 5 foot plan map and reduced to a scale of A Yard to the Mile.'
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