Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Dorset

  • These detailed maps normally cover an area of about one and a half miles by one mile. Each map includes an introduction.
  • They are available through our On-line Mapshop

  • Here are the details of maps for Dorchester:

  • Dorset Sheet 40.15a Dorchester 1886 - published 2012; intro by Tony Painter. ISBN.978-1-84784-618-1
  • Dorset Sheet 40.15b Dorchester 1901 - published 1990; intro by Jo Draper. ISBN.978-0-85054-305-6

    We have published two versions of this map, showing how the area changed across the years. The 1886 version is in colour, taken from the beautiful 1st Edition OS handcoloured map.

    Each map gives good coverage of Dorset's county town. High West Street and High East Street run down the centre of the map, and coverage stretches westward to Poundbury Camp, eastward to Grey's Bridge and Fordington Cross, and south to Maumbury Ring. Features include both railway stations, Dorchester Brewery, Fordington, Borough Gardens, Colliton Park, prison (left blank), St George's church, St Peter's church, Northernhay, workhouse, Infantry Barracks, Royal Horse Artllery Barracks, Roman defences, River Frome, Coker's Frome. Dorchester was the setting for Thomas Hardy's novel, Mayor of Casterbridge.

    The 1886 map includes a list of private residents from an 1895 directory.


    Follow this link for a complete list of our Dorset Series maps.

    You can order maps direct from our On-line Mapshop. For other information and prices, and other areas, go to The Index Page.


    Maps in the Godfrey Edition are taken from the 25 inch to the mile map and reduced to about 15 inches to the mile. For a full list of maps for the South West, return to the South West page.

    The Godfrey Edition / sales@alangodfreymaps.co.uk / 1 October 2016