Arthur Hedley Maps

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Folded 6 inch Ordnance Survey maps, mostly for Co. Durham, and Northumberland, with others for Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Oxfordshire and Cornwall, which have been annotated by Hedley. Most annotations relate to mining, being geological information on depths, mineral rights etc, but can also give owners and tenants of the surface property. There is also a book compiled by Hedley, containing lists of Ordnance Survey publications and a map drawn by him showing fluorspar mines in Co. Durham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Morton Hedley, born in Medomsley, Co. Durham in 1872 was a mining engineer, a vice-president of the Institution of Mining Engineers and president of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, and a JP. His residences included, according to stamps on the plans and local directories, Howlish Hall, Bishop Auckland; The Deanery, Lanchester (occurs in local directories in 1934 and as late as 1953); both in Co. Durham, and The Manor House, Kempsey, Worcester.


By Ordnance Survey sheet number, by county.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Given by the Worcester County Archivist, E.H. Sergeant, 21 January 1963. This gift has been renamed in 1999, formerly having been conflated with the unconnected Taylor Deeds under the joint title Worcester Solicitor’s Papers, on account of the shared source.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript list of maps & plans. They are also entered in the general card index of O.S. plans.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.