SU3715 : Grid references of previous Ordnance Survey HQ locations

taken 4 years ago, near to Nursling, Hampshire, Great Britain

Grid references of previous Ordnance Survey HQ locations
Grid references of previous Ordnance Survey HQ locations
A large plaque on the new OS HQ showing the grid references of previous main OS locations (and that of the current building).

The OS was established at the Tower of London in 1716. After a fire at the Tower in 1841 it moved to London Road, Southampton. Almost exactly 100 years later, wartime bombing of London Road resulted in the HQ being moved to Chessington and a considerable amount of production, particularly that of small and medium scales mapping, was moved to temporary buildings at Crabwood beside Romsey Road, Southampton. Large scale map production remained at the London Road site.

The new production and HQ buildings at Maybush were opened in 1969 (by The Queen - I was there!), the sites at Crabwood, London Road and Chessington then being released, and so HQ and production were again centralised at the one site. With rationalisation and the adoption of digital production methods, the size of the Maybush complex was far greater than needed, and so another move took the OS to the current building at Adanac Park, the move being completed in 2011.

The main building at Maybush has now been demolished in preparation for house building but the separate HQ building was 'hived off' in 1999 and remains in use as offices.

See also SU3814 : The ex-Ordnance Survey HQ building (North Block) at Maybush and SU3814 : The site of the Ordnance Survey Office at Maybush.
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Date Taken
Monday, 7 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 12 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 37 15 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 50:56.2639N 1:28.0608W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 3734 1544
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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