Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Northumberland


We have a modest series of maps for Northumberland, but please note that there are many more titles in the Tyneside part of the county; go to the Newcastle and North Tyneside pages for details.

The maps are full of contrasts. The great border fortifications of Berwick, the Duke of Northumberland's castle at Alnwick, and one of Vanbrugh's most important buildings at Delaval Hall (the map shared with a complex of industrial railways) are obvious highlights; from an industrial archaeology and perhaps cartographic point of view the Ashington map is my favourite, showing the extraordinary array of railway lines that took coal to people's back doors!


These are our current titles for Northumberland. Most of the maps also include extracts from a contemporary directory, and each has an introduction.

  • Sheet 02.14 Berwick upon Tweed 1923 - published 2001; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • Sheet 32.09 Alnwick 1897 - published 2003; intro by John Griffiths
  • Sheet 46.04 Amble 1896 published 1998; intro by John Griffiths
  • Sheet 64.12 Ashington 1896 - published 1999; intro by John Griffiths
  • Sheet 64.13 Morpeth 1896 - published 1993, revised 2003; intro by Nicholas Baumfield
  • Sheet 73.10 Blyth 897 - published 1992; intro by Iain Watson
  • Sheet 81.06 New Hartley & Delaval Hall 1896 - published 1989; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • Sheet 81.07 Seaton Sluice 1896 - published 1989; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • Sheet 81.12 Hartley & St Mary's Island 1896 - published 1989; intro by Alan Godfrey
  • Sheet 88.08 Killingworth (West Moor) 1896 - published 2008; intro by Roy Young
  • Sheet 89.02 Earsdon, Shiremoor & Backworth 1895 - published 2007; intro by Roy Young
  • Sheet 94.06 Hexham 1895 - published 1988, 2nd Ed 2001; intro by Sandra Jones & Alan Godfrey
  • Sheet 96.06 Wylam 1895 See Co Durham sheet 1.11

    I regret that the map for Newbiggin is now out of print.


    Several one inch to the mile maps also give good coverage of the county; here are details. Each of the maps (except 20/21) includes a large scale map of a village on the reverse. Visit the One Inch page for full details of this series.

  • 1/2 Norham & Berwick 1864. Published 2007; intro by Barbara Morris. A map of Norham itself is on the reverse
  • 3 Flodden Field & North Cheviots 1901. Published 1997; introduction by John Griffiths. Backing map is the border village of Cornhill, including Coldstream station.
  • 4a Holy Island & District 1863. Published 1997; intro by John Griffiths. Backing map is Holy Island village.
  • 4b Holy Island & Seahouses 1894 - Coloured Edition. Published 2008; intro by David Butler. Backing map is Seahouses.
  • 5 The Cheviot 1901-13. Published 1999; intro by John Griffiths. Backing map is hamlet of Biddlestone.
  • 6 Alnwick & District 1901. Published 200; intro by John Griffiths. Backing map is Alnmouth.
  • 7 Kielder 1866. Published 1999; intro by John Griffiths. Backing map is of the village of Plashetts, today largely submerged.
  • 8 Redesdale 1868. Published 1998; intro by John Griffiths. Backing map is Elsdon.
  • 9/10 Rothbury Forest 1866-73. Published 1999; intro by Robert Forsythe. Backing map is village of Widdrington.
  • 13 North Tynedale 1902. Published 1998; intro by Robert Forsythe. Backing map is Bellingham.
  • 14 Morpeth, Gosforth & Matfen 1902-14. Published 2004; intro by John Griffiths
  • 19 Allendale & Hexhamshire 1866. Published 1998; intro by Robert Forsythe. Backing map is the model village of Blanchland.
  • 20/21 Tyneside & Wearside 1878. Published 1984; brief introductions by F W D Manders and Tom Corfe. A double-sided map.

    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. Most 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. They are also available from various local outlets.


    Alan Godfrey Maps, Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett, DH8 7PW. Tel 01207 583388
    The Godfrey Edition / godfreyedition@btinternet.com / 1 November 2008