Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 95 - Luton, 1925: Leighton Buzzard, Hitchin, Stevenage, Dunstable, Milton Keynes
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 95 - Luton, 1925: Leighton Buzzard, Hitchin, Stevenage, Dunstable, Milton Keynes
Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 95 - Luton, 1925: Leighton Buzzard, Hitchin, Stevenage, Dunstable, Milton Keynes

Old Ordnance Survey Map, Sheet 95 - Luton, 1925: Leighton Buzzard, Hitchin, Stevenage, Dunstable, Milton Keynes

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The "Sheet 95 - Luton" map from Ordnance Survey's One-inch "Popular" edition, England and Wales, published in 1925, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past with its detailed depiction of Luton and its surrounding areas. This meticulously crafted map showcases the historic county of Bedfordshire, where Luton is located, and features notable towns, cities, and interesting features such as Leighton Buzzard, Hitchin, Stevenage, Dunstable, and Milton Keynes.

Why is this map worth buying? Here are a few compelling reasons:

  1. Historical Insight: This map allows you to explore the region as it existed in 1925, providing a valuable historical perspective. It offers a unique opportunity to compare the past with the present, highlighting changes in urban development, transportation networks, and land use.

  2. Uncovering Hidden Gems: By studying this map, you may discover lesser-known towns and villages that have since grown or faded in significance. It's fascinating to see how certain settlements have evolved over time and appreciate their historical roots.

  3. Tracing Place Names: The map may reveal intriguing place names that have altered or disappeared entirely. Some modern cities may not be present on this map, while others may be recorded under earlier names, offering a captivating exploration of the region's changing toponyms.

Major Settlements and Features:

  • Luton: The central focus of the map, Luton is a historic town known for its hat-making industry and rich cultural heritage.
  • Leighton Buzzard: This market town boasts a long history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Iron Age. It is renowned for its charming architecture and picturesque countryside.
  • Hitchin: With its medieval roots, Hitchin is a town brimming with character and historical landmarks, including St. Mary's Church and the medieval Hitchin Priory.
  • Stevenage: One of the first post-war new towns in the United Kingdom, Stevenage showcases the innovative urban planning of the mid-20th century.
  • Dunstable: This ancient market town has a fascinating history, including ties to the Roman era. It is home to the impressive Dunstable Priory and the renowned Whipsnade Zoo.
  • Milton Keynes: While not as developed as it is today, Milton Keynes is already marked on this map. This planned town has grown into a vibrant urban center, known for its distinctive grid road system and modern architecture.

Notable Boundaries, Rivers, and Natural Features:

  • River Lea: Flowing through the region, the River Lea is a significant waterway that has played a crucial role in the area's history and development.
  • Chiltern Hills: Located to the west of Luton, the Chiltern Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering stunning landscapes and picturesque villages.
  • Barton Hills: Situated northeast of Luton, the Barton Hills form an impressive chalk escarpment, providing scenic views and opportunities for outdoor exploration.

Historical Events (within 20 years before 1925):

  • The First World War (1914-1918): The impact of the Great War on the region, including Luton's notable involvement in munitions production and the experiences of local soldiers.
  • The Women's Suffrage Movement: The suffragette movement, advocating for women's right to vote, gained momentum in the early 20th century. The map captures the era when significant strides were made towards achieving this fundamental right.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and geography of Luton and its surrounding areas with the "Sheet 95 - Luton" map from Ordnance Survey's One-inch "Popular" edition, England and Wales, published in 1925.

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.

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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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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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