This is a fully personalised map of your hometown or postcode, with your house (or someone else's!) focused in the middle of the map.
My personalised maps are perfect as birthday, housewarming and anniversary gifts. (And of course, as they're printed on paper, you would get bonus points for giving one of these maps for a paper wedding anniversary!)
Please note that my personalised maps are only available for Great Britain addresses (that is, England, Scotland and Wales).
Looking for maps of the USA? Check out my custom made US Topo maps.
I also have custom made maps of France, Germany and the Netherlands.
How to order a custom made map
You need to pick a size, whether you want the map framed or unframed, and the orientation of the map (landscape, portrait or square).
No matter what size you order, the text and map will be sharp and readable. If you choose a smaller size, the map will be more 'zoomed in', and larger maps will cover a wider area.
Then, you must at least fill in the 'map address' box. I will make a map that is focused on this address. It can be a street name, postcode, town, etc.
Map age & style
You can then choose the age of your map, and the style. The detailed street maps, which show just about every house and road, are available from roughly 1870 to 1960 (but it does vary a bit by city and area).
I also have a more colourful, topographical map style. These are less detailed: they show some buildings, but no street names. You can see some examples of these colourful maps in the product gallery.
Accent colour & house highlight
In the next box, tell me if you want an accent colour, or if you want your house highlighted on the map. Generally, most darker colours look good.
If you don't want your address at the bottom, say so in this box.
Gift message, frame customisation, ageing...
Finally, there are a few more options to choose from. If you order a framed map, you can pick a different frame colour or material. If you prefer an older looking map, select 'aged' before adding it to your basket.
A variety of sizes are available, all the way from 8x10 inches (20x25cm) up to a map that is a few metres wide.
After you order you will get an email from The Unique Maps Co. with a draft of your personalised map. If you have not got an email within 2 or 3 days, check your spam/junk folder. And if nothing's there, please get in contact with me.
Your map will be based on an Ordnance Survey map from the beginning of the 19th century. The oldest map I will use to create your personalised map is from the 1850s. Usually I will use a map from 1890 to 1910, as those maps have a little colour in them and they're more interesting. I will try to find the oldest map that has your house on it.
If you would like a later map, I can create personalised maps up until the 1960s. This might be helpful if you live in a house that was built in the last 50 or 60 years. These newer maps have slightly less 'character' than the old ones. But if you live in a Victorian or earlier house, it will usually be visible on the early 1900s maps.
If you would like a highly customised map, or you want something a bit different from what you see in the product gallery, please get in touch before you order. I have been customising maps for decades and can do almost anything you can imagine to make your map truly unique.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving or housewarming gift for anyone who is looking for something more personal.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.