OS 50K Symbols - Abbreviations

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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 1:50,000 maps, with map extracts showing the symbols. On the maps a blue circle is on or near the symbol. Use the mouse to move the pointer over the blue circle on a map to hide it. Click on a thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, other photo details, and a larger section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map. The article Ordnance Survey Map SymbolsExternal link gives an introduction, and links to others in the set of articles.

Ordnance Survey lists hundreds of abbreviationsExternal link; only the few in this article are in the key on maps.

We have links to examples of abbreviations which appear on 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scale maps in another article Ordnance Survey AbbreviationsExternal link.

CG Coastguard or Cattle Grid


TQ9284 : H. M. Coastguard, Shoebury
The coast guard building is on the right of the map extract, by the mast symbol.
TQ9284 : H. M. Coastguard, Shoebury by Julieanne Savage 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Map from 2006, with CG abbreviation
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Map from 2008, CG abbreviation removed.
Most coastguard stations are now labelled "Coastwatch" or "Look out Station", and the abbreviation CG is going to be used for cattle grids. It will only be used for new cattle grids. The first map below is a 2008 map and is the first example we have found. The second map below is the 2006 map.(The cattle grid is on the road running across half way up the photo - but is hidden.)
NN7268 : The "track" up Meall a' Chathaidh
NN7268 : The "track" up Meall a' Chathaidh by Richard Webb 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

CH Clubhouse


SX4260 : China Fleet Country Club, Saltash
SX4260 : China Fleet Country Club, Saltash by Kevin Hale1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

MP Milepost


SP4993 : Milepost in Sapcote
SP4993 : Milepost in Sapcote by Stephen McKay1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

MS Milestone


SU1982 : Milestone on the B4192 outside Swindon
SU1982 : Milestone on the B4192 outside Swindon by Brian Robert Marshall1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

P Post Office


TQ5045 : Chiddingstone Shop and Post Office
TQ5045 : Chiddingstone Shop and Post Office by Jean Barrow1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
NF7270 : Tigh a' Ghearraidh post office. Note that there is often a telephone box by a post office, but there is a "P" symbol but no telephone symbol.
NF7270 : Tigh a' Ghearraidh post office. by Richard Webb 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

PC Public Convenience


SP5707 : Toilets and snack bar, A40
SP5707 : Toilets and snack bar, A40 by David Hawgood1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

PH Public House


SX4362 : The Crooked Spaniards public house, Cargreen
SX4362 : The Crooked Spaniards public house, Cargreen by Kevin Hale1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

TH Town Hall, Guildhall, or equivalent

SK5319 : Loughborough Town Hall
SK5319 : Loughborough Town Hall by Chris J Dixon1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
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