Old Ordnance Survey Maps of North Tyneside


The Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside incorporates a varied range of towns east of Newcastle. These include Wallsend, where the great shipbuilder Swan Hunter is based; North Shields, a major port, with both a fish quay and, nearby, the berths for the Scandinavian ferries; Tynemouth, a historic town with a castle overlooking the harbour; Cullercoats, an attractive small harbour, whose cobles and fisherwomen became a favourite artists' theme in the 19th century, most famously with Winslow Homer; and Whitley Bay, a seaside resort that was for many years especially popular with Glaswegians. From here it is only a short distance along the coast to the charming St Mary's Island and lighthouse, cut off from the shore at high tide, the extraordinary man made harbour at Seaton Sluice, and Vanbrugh's mighty Delaval Hall - although by then we are beyond North Tyneside and in Northumberland proper.


These are the principal maps for North Tyneside, most of them from our Tyneside series. This group was largely prepared in the late 1980s and for our authors we turned to Eric Hollerton, local studies librarian for North Tyneside, and Iain Watson, then museum curator at Wallsend. Each of the maps also includes extracts from a contemporary directory.

  • Sheet 1 Tynemouth 1913 - published 1988; introduction by Eric Hollerton
  • Sheet 2 North Shields & Chirton 1894 - published 1988; intro by Eric Hollerton
  • Sheet 3 Mouth of the Tyne 1895 - published 1984, 2nd Ed 1990; intro by Eric Hollerton
  • Sheet 6 Wallsend 1913 - published 1988; intro by Iain Watson & Richard Ellam
  • Sheet 7 Willington Quay 1895 - published 1989; intro by Iain Watson
  • Sheet 8 Percy Main 1894 - published 1984, 2nd Edition 2003; intro by John Griffiths

    The following maps are from our Northumberland series:

  • Sheet 89.02 Earsdon, Shiremoor & Backworth 1895 - published 2007; introduction by Roy Young
  • Sheet 89.04 Cullercoats & Whitley 1895 - published 1989; introduction by Lorraine Carr

    Just outside the area, but also of interest is the following Northumberland map:

  • Sheet 81.06 New Hartley & Delaval Hall 1896 - published 1989; intro by Alan Godfrey

    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 Tyneside and Northumberland maps, return to the North East page All are available by post from the publisher and you can now order maps direct from our On-line Mapshop. For other information and postage costs, see Index Page and Ordering Information Page.

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    The Godfrey Edition / godfreyedition@btinternet.com / 11 September 2008