Boundaries - OS 25K map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbolsExternal link for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence.

Click on a photo thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, and other photo details. The photo page also has a section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map; click on that map to see an Ordnance Survey Get-a-map section of 1:25,000 scale map.

Most of the boundaries for which there are symbols do not have a physical representation on the ground. In this article some photos are of road signs indicating a boundary, some are of the place where the boundary line runs.

On the 1:25,000 scale maps, physical boundaries such as fences, walls and hedges are shown where possible.

Boundaries around access land are shown on Rights of way and access symbolsExternal link article.

DescriptionSymbolPhotoNotes
National boundary OS 25K symbol - National boundary NY4075 : River Liddel by Howard MattinsonMap linkExternal link
County boundary OS 25K symbol - County  boundary NY7943 : Slate Hill by Peter McDermottMap linkExternal link
Unitary authority boundary (next three use same symbol) OS 25K symbol - Unitary authority boundary SH9442 : Boundary fence by DewiMap linkExternal link
Metropolitan District boundary OS 25K symbol - Metropolitan District boundary SE1427 : Royds Hall Beck by Paul GlazzardMap linkExternal link
London Borough boundary OS 25K symbol - London Borough boundary  TQ2267 : Beverley Brook in Motspur Park by Nigel CoxMap linkExternal link
District boundary OS 25K symbol - District boundary SK2338 : District Boundary by John PoyserMap linkExternal link
Civil parish boundary (England) - next has same symbol OS 25K symbol - Civil parish boundary (England) SX2582 : Trees following parish boundary by Derek HarperMap linkExternal link
Community boundary (Wales) OS 25K symbol - Community boundary (Wales) SN7016 : Possible boundary stone by Alan BowringMap linkExternal link
National Park boundary OS 25K symbol - National Park boundary NU0113 : Edge of the National Park by Graham HornMap linkExternal link


Map symbol images are Crown Copyright.


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