The Charles Close Society for the study of Ordnance Survey maps

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One-inch (1:63,360) New Series map of England and Wales, sheet 272, zincographed

20. See also sheet 273 (no.40). When the New Series was authorised in 1872 it was anticipated that it would follow the now established pattern of being published first in an outline edition, and later in an alternative version with hills, both being produced by engraving. However, it was anticipated that some sheets might be needed for military purposes sooner than the hills could be engraved, and so a provisional zincographed version was also authorised. In the event very few of these seem to have been produced. The hills of these two sheets (19 and 20)are in brown and were printed from transfers to zinc. No copies of the first printings are known to survive, these reprints being issued in 1892-3

From a private collection