Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 81 - Worcester, 1925: Droitwich Spa, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, Malvern Hills AONB
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 81 - Worcester, 1925: Droitwich Spa, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, Malvern Hills AONB
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 81 - Worcester, 1925: Droitwich Spa, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, Malvern Hills AONB

Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 81 - Worcester, 1925: Droitwich Spa, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, Malvern Hills AONB

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This old map, titled "Sheet 81 - Worcester," is a part of the Ordnance Survey's One-inch "Popular" edition of England and Wales, published in 1925. The map showcases various towns, cities, and interesting features, including Worcester, Droitwich Spa, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Why is this map interesting and worth buying?

  1. Historical Significance: The 1925 edition of the Ordnance Survey's One-inch "Popular" series provides a unique glimpse into the past, allowing you to explore the landscape of England and Wales as it was almost a century ago. This map offers a valuable historical perspective, allowing you to compare and contrast the region's development and changes over time.

  2. Exploration of Lesser-Known Areas: While Worcester is the main focus of this map, it also highlights lesser-known towns and areas such as Droitwich Spa, Bromyard, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, and the Malvern Hills AONB. By examining these locations, you can uncover hidden gems and gain a deeper understanding of the region's cultural and natural heritage.

  3. Changes in Place Names: This map provides a fascinating insight into the evolution of place names. It is worth noting that some modern cities may not be included on this map, while others may appear under earlier names. Exploring these variations adds an exciting dimension to your historical exploration.

Worcester, located in the historic county of Worcestershire, holds a significant place in English history. It is renowned for its medieval cathedral, which is one of the country's finest examples of Gothic architecture. The city has witnessed various historical events, including the Battle of Worcester in 1651 during the English Civil War.

Major Settlements and Features:

  • Worcester: Historic city known for its cathedral and role in English history.
  • Droitwich Spa: Famous for its natural salt springs and historic spa town.
  • Bromyard: A market town with a rich heritage and a medieval church.
  • Tenbury Wells: A charming spa town known for its apple orchards and annual apple festival.
  • Pershore: A picturesque market town with an impressive abbey and riverside setting.
  • Malvern Hills AONB: An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering stunning landscapes and panoramic views.

Notable Boundaries, Rivers, and Natural Features:

  • River Severn: One of the longest rivers in the UK, flowing through Worcester and shaping the surrounding landscape.
  • Malvern Hills: A range of ancient hills offering breathtaking views and a diverse range of flora and fauna
  • River Teme: A picturesque river that meanders through Tenbury Wells, providing scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.

Historical Events (within 20 years before 1925):

  • Battle of Worcester (1651): The final battle of the English Civil War, where the Parliamentarian forces defeated the Royalists, leading to the end of the war and the eventual rise of Oliver Cromwell.
  • Great War (World War I): The devastating global conflict that lasted from 1914 to 1918, involving many nations, including the United Kingdom. This period marked significant changes in society, politics, and technology.

Explore the rich history and captivating landscapes of Worcestershire and its surroundings with this meticulously detailed old map from 1925.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 24x36in (61x91.5cm), 30x40in (76x101.5cm), 37x50in (94x127cm), 45x60in (114x152.5cm) and 52x70in (132x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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