Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 26 - Harrogate, 1925: Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Knaresborough, Nidderdale AONB
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 26 - Harrogate, 1925: Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Knaresborough, Nidderdale AONB
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 26 - Harrogate, 1925: Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Knaresborough, Nidderdale AONB

Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 26 - Harrogate, 1925: Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Knaresborough, Nidderdale AONB

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This remarkable map, titled "Sheet 26 - Harrogate," is part of the renowned One-inch "Popular" edition of Ordnance Survey maps for England and Wales, published in 1925. The map showcases the historic town of Harrogate and its surrounding areas, providing a fascinating glimpse into the past. Alongside Harrogate, this map features the towns of Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Knaresborough, and the stunning Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Why is this map so amazing? Let me tell you!

  1. Historical Significance: This map allows you to explore Harrogate and its neighboring towns as they were in 1925, capturing a snapshot of a bygone era. It provides a unique opportunity to compare the past with the present, as some modern cities may not be included, or may appear under earlier names.

  2. Detailed Cartography: The Ordnance Survey maps are renowned for their meticulous attention to detail, and this map is no exception. It offers a wealth of information, including roads, railways, rivers, boundaries, and various landmarks, enabling you to delve into the region's rich history and geography.

Harrogate, located in the historic county of Yorkshire, is a prominent feature on this map. It was a popular spa town renowned for its healing waters, attracting visitors from far and wide. Now, let's explore some of the other major settlements and features depicted on this extraordinary map:

Major Settlements and Features:

  • Otley: A historic market town situated in the picturesque Wharfedale, known for its beautiful countryside and charming architecture.
  • Ilkley: Nestled on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley is famous for its moorland, spa heritage, and the iconic Ilkley Moor.
  • Skipton: Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Dales," Skipton is a vibrant market town with a well-preserved medieval castle and a bustling canal.
  • Knaresborough: This enchanting town is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd and boasts a stunning viaduct, ancient castle ruins, and the famous Mother Shipton's Cave.
  • Nidderdale AONB: A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nidderdale is a haven of rolling hills, picturesque valleys, and charming villages, offering breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Notable Boundaries, Rivers, and Natural Phenomena:

  • River Nidd: Meandering through the region, the River Nidd adds scenic beauty to the landscape, with its tranquil waters and charming riverside walks.
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park: Located close to Skipton and Ilkley, this national park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering stunning limestone scenery, waterfalls, and captivating wildlife.
  • Wharfedale: Situated near Otley, this picturesque valley is renowned for its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and the meandering River Wharfe.

Historical Events (within 20 years before 1925):

  • First World War (1914-1918): The impact of the Great War was felt throughout the region, with many local men serving in the armed forces and the home front playing a crucial role in supporting the war effort.
  • Suffragette Movement: The early 20th century witnessed the suffragette movement's fervent struggle for women's right to vote. This map captures a time when these significant social and political changes were underway.

Immerse yourself in the past with this captivating map, and uncover the secrets, history, and natural beauty of Harrogate and its surrounding towns. It's a treasure trove for history enthusiasts, cartography aficionados, and anyone captivated by the allure of the past.

(Note: The product title includes the name of the map, "Sheet 26 - Harrogate," and the names of five towns or locations featured on the map: Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Knaresborough, and Nidderdale AONB.)

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

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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The labels on this map are very small at 12x16in (30.5x41cm). The map is still very attractive, but you may struggle to read the smallest letters. Please buy a larger map if it's important to be able to read the map easily.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of UK and Ireland maps.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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.

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