Ordnance Survey Preparatory Maps of North Wales

Scope and Content

A portfolio of copies of the Ordnance Survey preparatory maps of parts of north Wales created between 1816 and 1824 (Scale : 2 inch to the mile)

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Dawson, the creator of these maps, was born in Devon in 1798. It appears that he entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and eventually became Lieutenant Colonel. He died in 1861.

In 1791, a Board of Ordnance began a survey of England's southern coast, by order of the government. This resulted in a third of England and Wales being mapped at the one inch scale. In 1824 it was ordered that a detailed 6 inch to the mile survey be made.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Open to all users.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Simpson, February 2004.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 34081

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.