Southwell by Robert Hardstaff

1 inch Ordnance Survey map of Southwell (c.1883).

1 inch Ordnance Survey map of Southwell (c.1883).



George Sanderson’s Map of the country twenty miles around Mansfield, originally published in 1835 at a scale of 2¼ inches to 1 mile is the earliest printed map depicting Southwell at a reasonably useful scale. A facsimile version has recently been produced by Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Library Services:

A wide range of Ordnance Survey maps from the 1840s to the present day are available at Nottinghamshire Local Studies Libraries and Nottinghamshire Archives. The earliest large scale (6” to the mile) coverage dates from the 1880s and an online digital archive of this map series for the whole country is accessible through the Old Maps website:

Larger scale Ordnance Survey maps (at scales of 1:2500 and 1:500) from the late 19th and 20th centuries show the town and its features in great detail.