OS Mapping – A Brief History

Did you know? 

The Ordnance Survey has its origins firmly entrenched in British Military History

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Yep! – you can thank your luck compass bearings that through fear of invasion during the 1800’s the British Military decided that it would jump on the booming survey bandwagon to record the lay of the land – so they could  accurately blast the bad guys.

It was the artillery types who were given this onerous task – hence the name, ‘ordnance’ derived naturally enough from the Royal Ordnance, i.e. the military department that dealt with exploding cannon shells for the big guns.

Funny how they ended up in Southampton, though Woolwich Arsenal would have been more appropriate perhaps?.