Old OS Map of Derby & Nottingham by Bartholomew, 1901: Buxton, Bakewell, River Trent, Peak District, Sherwood Forest
Old OS Map of Derby & Nottingham by Bartholomew, 1901: Buxton, Bakewell, River Trent, Peak District, Sherwood Forest
Old OS Map of Derby & Nottingham by Bartholomew, 1901: Buxton, Bakewell, River Trent, Peak District, Sherwood Forest
Old OS Map of Derby & Nottingham by Bartholomew, 1901: Buxton, Bakewell, River Trent, Peak District, Sherwood Forest

Old OS Map of Derby & Nottingham by Bartholomew, 1901: Buxton, Bakewell, River Trent, Peak District, Sherwood Forest

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Sheet 13 - Derby & Nottingham, crafted by the esteemed cartographer J.G. Bartholomew in 1901, is a masterful representation of early 20th-century cartography. Known as "the Prince of Cartographers," Bartholomew's work is celebrated for its precision and aesthetic appeal. This map, part of Bartholomew's flagship half-inch to the mile series, offers a detailed political and physical portrayal of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Its meticulous design, with layered colors to depict landscape relief, showcases Bartholomew's innovative approach to cartography, making it a prized possession for collectors and history enthusiasts alike.

The map's design is both functional and visually striking, employing a subtle gradation of color bands to illustrate the varying elevations of the terrain. This technique not only enhances the map's beauty but also provides a clear understanding of the landscape's physical features. From the rolling hills of the Peak District to the lush expanse of Sherwood Forest, the map captures the natural beauty and geographical diversity of the region. The detailed depiction of rivers, including the prominent River Trent, further adds to the map's comprehensive portrayal of the area.

Historically significant landmarks are meticulously marked, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall, Bolsover Castle, and Newstead Abbey are just a few of the notable sites that grace this map. These landmarks, steeped in history, provide a fascinating context for the map, reflecting the grandeur and historical importance of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The inclusion of these sites makes the map not only a geographical tool but also a historical document, preserving the legacy of these iconic locations.

The map also highlights the intricate network of railways and canals that crisscross the region, underscoring the importance of transportation and industry during this period. The Midland Railway, Great Northern Railway, and North Staffordshire Railway are prominently featured, along with the Cromford and Erewash Canals. These features illustrate the region's industrial prowess and its role in the broader economic landscape of early 20th-century Britain. The map serves as a testament to the era's engineering achievements and the vital role of transportation in shaping the region's development.

Beyond its historical and geographical significance, the map offers a detailed view of numerous cities and towns, each with its unique charm and character. From the bustling city of Nottingham to the historic town of Derby, the map provides a snapshot of the region's urban landscape. Smaller towns like Mansfield, Chesterfield, and Alfreton are also meticulously detailed, offering insights into the area's social and economic fabric. This comprehensive depiction of settlements, combined with the map's detailed representation of natural and man-made features, makes it an invaluable resource for historians, geographers, and collectors alike.

Cities and towns on this map


  • Derby
  • Chesterfield
  • Alfreton
  • Ilkeston
  • Ripley
  • Belper
  • Heanor
  • Buxton
  • Matlock
  • Ashbourne
  • Bakewell
  • Leek
  • Glossop
  • Dronfield
  • Swadlincote
  • Bolsover


  • Nottingham
  • Mansfield
  • Worksop
  • Newark-on-Trent
  • Retford
  • Beeston
  • Hucknall
  • Arnold
  • West Bridgford
  • Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • Stapleford
  • Eastwood
  • Southwell
  • Bingham

Notable Features & Landmarks

  • Natural Features:
  • The River Trent
  • The Peak District (partially visible)
  • Sherwood Forest (partially visible)
  • Erewash Valley
  • Derwent Valley

  • Infrastructure:

  • Midland Railway
  • Great Northern Railway
  • North Staffordshire Railway
  • Cromford Canal
  • Erewash Canal

  • Historic Landmarks:

  • Hardwick Hall
  • Bolsover Castle
  • Newstead Abbey
  • Southwell Minster

  • Parks and Recreation:

  • Shipley Country Park (modern name, area visible on map)
  • Clumber Park (partially visible)

Historical and design context

  • Name of the map: Sheet 13 - Derby & Nottingham
  • Scale and usage:
  • A clear, attractive, and colorful map at the half-inch to the mile scale (1:126,720).
  • Popular with cyclists and tourists, becoming Bartholomew's flagship series.
  • Distinctive for using different layers of color to represent landscape relief, with a subtle and innovative gradation of color bands to show land at different heights.
  • Creation date: 1901
  • Mapmaker/Publisher: J.G. Bartholomew
  • Renowned Scottish cartographer, often referred to as "the Prince of Cartographers."
  • Map themes:
  • Detailed political and physical map.
  • Shows landscape relief using color gradation.
  • Based on a reduced Ordnance Survey map from the same period.
  • Regions shown:
  • Covers Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in England.
  • Design/Style:
  • Landscape map covering 36 miles from north to south and 52 miles from west to east.
  • Uses layered colors to depict elevation and terrain.
  • Historical significance:
  • Reflects early 20th-century cartographic techniques and the importance of detailed maps for travel and exploration.
  • Highlights the growing interest in outdoor activities such as cycling and tourism during this period.

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