Descriptive words on OS maps
This is a work in progress. Through the Geograph discussion forum we are collecting examples of as many descriptive words as possible used on Ordnance Survey maps at 1:25,000 (25K) and 1:50,000 (50K) scales - and we want examples of others.
Words on maps are of three types.
- Administrative names of local government areas.
- Distinctive names - proper names of places and of items on the ground.
- Descriptive names - generic words defining the character or use of a feature, for example Burial Ground. Some of these are at the site of antiquities not visible on the ground.
In this article we intend to list descriptive names, preferably by themselves, but if necessary as part of a distinctive name - for example "Palace" usually appears with its name such as "St James's Palace".
If possible we will give a link to a Geograph photograph of a feature, but until we have one we may give the grid reference at which there is an example.
Many of the words are the expansions shown in Ordnance Survey Abbreviations
Tourist features have a symbol and blue wording on 25K, wording on blue background on 50K.
Historical and archaeological features have Gothic wording if non-Roman (before or after the Romans), Sans serif wording for Roman.
|Abattoir||X||X||ST6879 : Entrance to the abattoir and Westerleigh Railhead|| |
|Abbey||X||X||TQ3079 : Westminster Abbey, London||Here with Abbey/cathedral symbol on 25K, World Heritage symbol on 50K|
|Abbey Grounds||X||SP0202 : No dogs in parts|
|Academy||X||NY3584 : Langholm Academy|| |
|Accommodation||X||SJ9382 : Moggie Lane, Poynton||"Accommodation Cottages" built for miners |
|Activity Centre||X||X||SD9036 : Coldwell Activity Centre|| |
|Adventure Activities||X||SD7912 : Burrs Activity Centre||Tourist site |
|Agricultural Centre||X||X||NJ7718 : Thainstone Agricultural Centre|| |
|Agricultural College||X||X||TL6707 : Writtle Agricultural College, Essex|| |
|Air Shaft||X||TR3243 : Ventilation shaft near Guston|| |
|Air terminal||X||X||NF6905 : Barra Airport Terminal Building||By the beach airfield on Barra |
|Airfield (disused)||X||X||NJ2665 : RAF Milltown||With name on 25K|
|Airfield||X||NO4998 : Gliding Competition at Aboyne Airfield|
|Airfield||X||TG2339 : Northrepps Airfield||Airstrip on 50K |
|Airport||X||X||SV9110 : St Mary's Airport|| |
|Airshaft||X||SK3380 : Bradway Tunnel Air Shaft|| |
|Airstrip||X||X||TQ1761 : Air strip, Rushett Farm||Air Strip on 25K|
|Aisled House||X||X||NF7320 : Aisled House||Non-Roman|
|Almshouses||X||X||TL9863 : Almshouses||Non-Roman |
|AMPHITHEATRE||X||X||ST3390 : Roman Amphitheatre, Caerleon||Tourist site, Roman|
|Animal sanctuary||X||TM3158 : All Saints, Hacheston: hatchment||Tourist site. "Farm Attraction" on 25K map|
|Anti-tank Blocks||X||SN4104 : World War 2 defences|| |
|Aquarium||X||X||SZ0890 : Bournemouth Oceanarium||Tourist feature|
|Aqueduct||X||X||SY0783 : Aqueduct, East Budleigh||Also see NN7358 : Footbridge over Tummel Bridge aqueduct where on 50K the word Aqueduct is in blue letters|
|Arboretum||X||SC2781 : The Arboretum at St.John's||Tourist site |
|Area of Shake Holes||X||SD9970 : Line of shake holes||There are other 'Area of' entries |
|Artillery Range||X||X||SR9295 : Abandoned Farm Buildings, Artillery Range, Flimston|
|Arts centre||X||HY2509 : Pier Arts Centre, Stromness||Tourist site |
|Ash||X||SU4575 : Towards "Ash"||A single tree on a parish boundary |
|Assault Course||X||at TL810851||"Go Ape" Thetford Forest |
|Astronomy Centre||X||NX4039 : Craiglemine Cottage||Craiglemine Cottage |
|Auction Ground||X||X||TL3994 : Gated entrance to the auction ground|
|Avalanche Shelter||X||X||NG9137 : The avalanche shelters on Lochcarron to Kyle of Lochalsh road|
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