Old Ordnance Survey Maps of the Derwentside area


We are based in the former Derwentside district of County Durham, and have our offices in Leadgate. As you might expect, maps of the local towns and villages are a feature of our series, and our current titles are listed here. Most of the towns had collieries, but these have all long since closed, and the traditional industries really came to an end with the closure of the massive Consett steelworks in 1980. The maps are therefore especially interesting, showing the pits and industrial railways that have vanished from the scene - though some of the latter are now cycleways across what is surprisingly attractive (and little known) countryside.

All is not industry, however. Shotley Bridge was once noted as a spa, while Lanchester had a Roman fort - and the latter map also shows the entirety of The Peth, or Peth Bank, the 460 foot hill that causes cyclists such misery! Each map includes an introduction to the history of the area, and some include extracts from contemporary directories.


The following maps in our Durham series cover the Derwentside & Chester-le-Street area. The index right shows the area covered by these maps.

  • 06.09 Rowlands Gill 1895 - published 2000; intro by Jennifer Gill
  • 06.13 Burnopfield 1895 - published 2002; introduction by Tom Oliphant
  • 11.08 Dipton 1916 - published 2008; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • 11.10 Blackhill & Shotley Bridge 1895 - published 1995; intro by Carolyn Ball
  • 11.11 Leadgate 1895 - published 2000; intro by John Griffiths
  • 11.14 Consett 1896 - published 1995; intro by Carolyn Ball
  • 12.01 Hobson & Tantobie 1895 publ 2004; intro by Tom Oliphant
  • 12.02 East Tanfield & Causey Arch 1895 - published 2005; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • 12.06a Stanley 1895 - published 1995; intro by David Butler
  • 12.06b Stanley 1915 - published 2013; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • 12.07 No Place, Beamish & West Pelton 1895 - publ 2005; intro by David Butler
  • 12.08 Pelton & Urpeth 1895 - publ 2005; intro by Dorothy Rand
  • 12.09 Annfield Plain 1896 - published 2001; intro by John Griffiths
  • 12.12 Pelton Fell & Newfield 1915 - publ 2005; intro by David Butler. Includes Pelton and Pelton Fell collieries.
  • 12.15 Craghead 1895 - published 2000; intro by Tom Oliphant
  • 19.02 Burnhope 1895 - published 2000; intro by Tom Oliphant
  • 19.03 Holmside & Edmondsley 1896 - published 1998; intro by David Butler
  • 19.05 Lanchester 1895 - published 1997; intro by Carolyn Ball
  • 19.11 Witton Gilbert & Langley Park 1895 - published 2008; intro by Alan Godfrey

    Also available is a One Inch to the Mile Map, Sheet 20 Tyneside 1878 which covers much of Derwentside at a smaller scale.


    Most maps in the Godfrey Edition are taken from the 25 inch to the mile map and reduced to about 15 inches to the mile. They cost just £ 2.50 each. For a full list of North East maps, return to the North East page

    You can now order maps direct from our On-line Mapshop. If you are in the Leadgate area you can also call in during office hours to purchase the maps.


    Alan Godfrey Maps, Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett, DH8 7PW. Tel 01207 583388
    The Godfrey Edition / godfreyedition@btinternet.com / 12 March 2013